Downdetector.com, which monitors Internet outages, listed sites with high traffic rates, including Reddit, Amazon, CNN, PayPal, Spotify and The New York Times, among the sites that encountered problems, although many of them appear to be returning to service.
The UK Attorney General wrote on Twitter that the main website of the British government was down, and attached to his tweet an email address for inquiries.
“We have detected the problem and it is being fixed,” said Fastly, one of the world’s most used content distribution companies.
The company’s website showed that most of its coverage areas had experienced a “deterioration in performance” earlier.
Nearly 21,000 users of the social networking platform Reddit reported that they encountered problems, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to Downdetector.
The Danish TV Channel Two website announced that it is experiencing communication problems today.
The British newspaper “The Independent” said that the sites “Amazon”, “the British government” and “Reddit” suffered a sudden failure in various parts of the world.
The holidays also included news websites, such as the American channel CNN, the Financial Times, the New York Times, Bloomberg and the Guardian.
When entering these sites, the visitor is surprised by the message “Error 503 Service Unavailable”.
For its part, the Associated Press reported that “the outage of news sites was caused by the failure of a cloud computing company.”
After about 30 minutes of stopping, the sites returned to work almost normally, while it revealed The American company, “Fastly” for cloud computing, said it was “working to address the flaw that afflicted global sites.”