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Breaking News: Major Outage Affecting Internet Web Sites December 7 2021

Have you been affected?

Multiple sources are reporting that a major outage is affecting the services of those who are attempting to access web sites on the Internet today, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 — so if you have been experiencing issues today, chances are that you have been affected.

Breaking News: Major Outage Affecting Internet Web Sites December 7 2021

The following message was posted on the official Twitter account of The Associated Press — which is also affected by the outage:

BREAKING: Users say Amazon Web Services is suffering a major outage. The company provides cloud computing services to individuals, universities, governments and companies including The Associated Press. Amazon has yet to comment on the outage and few details are available.

At the time this article was posted, the official Amazon Web Services Service Health Dashboard revealed:

API Error Rates in US-EAST-1

[9:37 AM PST] We are seeing impact to multiple AWS APIs in the US-EAST-1 Region. This issue is also affecting some of our monitoring and incident response tooling, which is delaying our ability to provide updates. We have identified the root cause and are actively working towards recovery.

[10:12 AM PST] We are seeing impact to multiple AWS APIs in the US-EAST-1 Region. This issue is also affecting some of our monitoring and incident response tooling, which is delaying our ability to provide updates. We have identified root cause of the issue causing service API and console issues in the US-EAST-1 Region, and are starting to see some signs of recovery. We do not have an ETA for full recovery at this time.

[11:26 AM PST] We are seeing impact to multiple AWS APIs in the US-EAST-1 Region. This issue is also affecting some of our monitoring and incident response tooling, which is delaying our ability to provide updates. Services impacted include: EC2, Connect, DynamoDB, Glue, Athena, Timestream, and Chime and other AWS Services in US-EAST-1. The root cause of this issue is an impairment of several network devices in the US-EAST-1 Region. We are pursuing multiple mitigation paths in parallel, and have seen some signs of recovery, but we do not have an ETA for full recovery at this time. Root logins for consoles in all AWS regions are affected by this issue, however customers can login to consoles other than US-EAST-1 by using an IAM role for authentication.

As one example, attempting to access the official Internet web site of Hilton resort properties resulted in this message at the time this article was written:

An error occurred while processing your request.

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Final Boarding Call

I noticed something was strange when I attempted to access a number of Internet web sites within the past couple of hours — I either encountered slow speeds, blank screens, or error messages — and other people I know have relayed to me that they have been having similar problems as well.

If I find out more information, I intend to report on the latest updates…

Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

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