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Published: Wed, March 01, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Amazon reports problems with servers, slowing internet traffic across the country


The AWS-hosted downtime detection site isitdownrightnow.com is also not responding.

AWS reported on its Service Health Dashboard at 2:35 p.m. ET that its engineers are working on the problem that has affected including like Netflix, Reddit and Adobe.

A number of large, popular, websites have been down or crippled today due to an outage of Amazon's S3 web-based storage service's US-EAST-1 network.

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Amazon's massive and rapidly growing Web Services product (which reported $3.5 billion in fourth-quarter revenue) is used by small sites and internet giants alike to provide the storage capacity they need. Just past year, a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack impacted Amazon Web Services, causing problems across the web. Venture capitalist Blake Robbins quipped, "Note to self: Don't make your status page dependent on your own service working". Future updates across all services will be on dashboard. Amazon is reporting "high error rates" in a region that uses its S3 web services and various other services went down because of this issue. We'd put these reports in the "unconfirmed" category, but problems with these sorts of devices wouldn't be surprising since so many services rely on Amazon. It seems that issues are widespread across the East Coast of the United States. The sites that are appearing to be offline because of this Amazon issue include Trello, Quora, IFTTT, and Splitwise.

The status page is being updated ever since, with AWS issuing a new statement in every 5-10 minutes or so. Amazon says it's working to correct the problem, but has no estimate of when it will be corrected.

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