Imgur, Trello, Expedia and more popular websites are down or experiencing problems today but what’s behind it all? Find out why Amazon Web Services (S3) may be to blame for the mini internet outage happening today.
Is the Internet not working for you? Are some of your favorite sites like Imgur, Trello or Pinterest down? If so, Amazon Web Services may be to blame. Issues with the service cropped up several hours ago which has caused its S3 cloud storage to fail. This has lead to a number of problems for many popular websites that rely on Amazon’s cloud storage. Problems include everything from missing images to whole sites being unable to load.
Below is a list of sites experiencing problems related to Amazon’s Web Services issues:
- Business Insider
- Down Detector
- Home Chef
- Lonely Planet
- Microsoft’s HockeyApp
- News Corp
- Snapchat’s Bitmoji
- Sprout Social
- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Time Inc.
- Travis CI
Amazon has been slow to acknowledge there is any breakdown with its S3 services; rather it’s carefully labeled it a case of “increased error rates” rather than the mini internet collapse most users re experiencing right now. The last update Amazon gave was added about an hour ago on the Amazon Web Services Health Status page.
At 1:30 pm ET, the site posted this update:
“We're continuing to work to remediate the availability issues for Amazon S3 in US-EAST-1. AWS services and customer applications depending on S3 will continue to experience high error rates as we are actively working to remediate the errors in Amazon S3.”
So if for some reason the internet seems to be working poorly or sporadically today or pages are taking a long time to load and experiencing errors, there is a good chance AWS’ “errors” have something to do with it. This story is developing so as we learn more about what is happening with Amazon and the various website outages, we’ll be sure to update this post.