Amazon, Ebay, Shopify, Etsy, PayPal all go down amid major global internet outages

Amazon, Shopify, Etsy, Ebay and PayPal are among the myriad of sites currently experiencing outages in a what is expected to be a major fault at a data centre provider.

Huge portions of the internet, including Spotify, Reddit, Vimeo, Government websites, The Guardian, Financial Times, Independent, New York Times, Evening Standard, Bloomberg, Amazon and its streaming platform Twitch have all gone down over the few hours.

While the cause has not yet been confirmed, reports have emerged suggesting the outage is due to issues at Fastly, a major data centre provider.

At around 11am Fastly said it was “currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN (content delivery network) services”.

Fastly, which says it has now identified the issue and is implementing a fix, offers services like speeding up page load times and protecting sites from cyberattacks.

READ MORE: Amazon Web Services goes down taking major websites and thousands of devices with it

Others have pointed to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retailers cloud computing arm which provides the internet infrastructure to thousands of websites and apps.

From around 10.30 today Downdetector reported a huge spike in reports of issues with AWS.

Image: Downdetector.com

In November 2020, AWS went down taking a number of major websites and thousands of connected devices with it.

Being one of the most widely used cloud computing services in the world its outage has had huge ripple effects throughout the internet, seeing scores of websites report issues.

The Washington Post, Roku, Adobe Spark, Glassdoor, Flikr, Coinbase and Target all took to Twitter to report issues relating to the outage.

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