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What Is Fastly and Why a Slew of Websites Went Offline

  • Content delivery platform Fastly suffered hour-long outage
  • Major sites vulnerable to human error, system failure or hacks
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Fastly Outage Takes Major News, Service Websites Offline
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The hour-long Fastly Inc. outage was a reminder of how exposed the world’s biggest websites are to the impact of disruptions ranging from simple human error to coordinated cyberattack.

The failure at Fastly, which helps websites load their pages faster, sent vast swaths of the web offline on Tuesday. News websites including CNN, the New York Times and Bloomberg News, services such as Amazon.com Inc., Shopify Inc. and Stripe Inc., plus sites as large as Spotify and Reddit all went offline. U.K. government digital services were also unavailable for a period.