It’s not just you: Massive internet outage is sweeping the East Coast
If it seems like your internet browsing is hitting more walls than possible today, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not your computer. A massive Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is striking down lots and lots of web pages, leading to huge hiccups on a number of domains. Amazon is reporting the issue on its AWS dashboard, citing “Increased Error Rates,” which is a fancy way of saying that something is seriously broken.
Amazon Web Services is the cloud services arm of Amazon, and its Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is used by everyone from Netflix to Reddit. When it goes down — or experiences any type of increased latency or errors — it causes major issues downstream, preventing content from loading on web pages and causing requests to fail.

AMAZON’S giant servers crashed today causing chaos for millions of companies and people that use the cloud service and affected everything from larger web sites to people’s smarthomes and even library catalogues.

Amazon reported problems early this morning with the S3 storage system in Virginia.
Rather than call it an outage, Amazon said it was experiencing “increased error rates” for the service. The result is that a long list of major websites including Medium, Slack and the Harvard Business Review went offline and other sites, including Yahoo, experiencing problems.
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“We’ve identified the issue as high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is also impacting applications and services dependent on S3. We are actively working on remediating the issue,” the Amazon Web Services team said a few moments ago.
Developers and netizens don’t seem to notice much of a difference in the distinction between outage and high error rates:

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Amazon didn’t, quite, break the Internet Tuesday but a more than four-hour problem at one of the main storage systems for its AWS cloud computing company did cause headaches for hundreds of thousands of websites across the United States.
A big portion of Amazon Web Services’ Amazon S3 system went offline Tuesday afternoon, a service used by 148,213 sites according to SimilarTech.
The outage appeared to have begun around 12:35 pm ET, according to Catchpoint Systems, a digital experience monitoring company. It involved a storage system for Amazon’s S3 service on the east coast, US-EAST-1. Operations were fully recovered by 4:49 pm ET, Amazon said.


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