By Ron Howells • 08 June 2021 • 12:33
Reddit, Amazon, Twitter And Spotify Down- Millions Of Users Affected.
Thousands have reported issues on the DownDetector website, including error messages and connection failures. People across the world are struggling to access major websites.
Problems began around 10:30am BST (5:30am ET) 11:30 in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday, according to the online outage tracker DownDetector.
The UK Government’s webpage has also been affected, along with major news organisations including the New York Times, The Guardian, and the Financial Times. The New York Times, Guardian, Bloomberg and even HMRC websites have also been struck by outages.
It’s unclear what’s causing the outage, though it’s suspected that the fault lies with Amazon Web Services (AWS). AWS is a cloud computing platform that powers many of the world’s most popular websites, including Amazon.
Martin Lewis, the UK’s money guru tweeted: WARNING: With http://gov.uk website being down right now, be v careful if renewing passports, GHICs, applying for marriage tax allowance, driving license etc.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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