The media and governments | Difficulties in accessing many sites around the world

(Paris) Many sites around the world, including major media outlets, but also institutional sites such as the White House or the British government site, as well as the Reddit platform or the PayPal payment system, had difficulties accessing on Tuesday.




France media agency

US IT services company Fastly, which appears to be the source of the problem, said at 6:44 a.m. it had “identified” the failure and was in the process of “putting a solution in place”.

Several sites were re-accessed around 10:50 am, and some were very unstable.

gov.uk, which covers ministries and allows many actions related to the UK public services to be carried out, for example referred to as ‘Error 503 Service Unavailable’ at about 6:20am.

At about the same time, the White House website referred him to the “This page is not working” message.

Major newspaper websites (BBC, New York Times, Corriere delle Serra, El Mundo) at least temporarily displayed messages like “Error 503 Service Unavailable” or “Connection Failure”.

Also affected: the Swedish Social Security website,

In France, several news sites were or were involved: Euronews, the weekly L’Obs and several sites affiliated with the Le Monde group, including the daily Le Monde and the weekly Télérama.

Asked by AFP, the groups of Le Monde and Lobes were not immediately able to determine the origin of the failure.

Internet access troubleshooting site Down Detector quickly reported information that “could indicate a significant outage at Fastly,” a US cloud computing service provider.

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The latter – whose site itself was sometimes inaccessible – said around 5:58 a.m. it was “investigating” a “potential impact” affecting CDN (content delivery network) services, that is, its content distribution networks.

A content distribution network consists of a group of servers that collaborate to provide content or data to users.

It generated rapid sales of $291 million in 2020. Among its clients: Deliveroo, Pinterest and Shazam.

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