Mar 3, 2017

Amazon typo knocked websites offline

Hours of problems struck services like Q&A forum Quora, and Giphy, an image hosting service. The sites rely on hosting provided by Amazon Web Services - a cloud computing provider. "Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended," Amazon said in an online statement. Around 150,000 websites and services rely on AWS. Among those affected by the failure was - somewhat ironically - Down Detector, a service that tracks downtime at major websites. Amazon, which is the world's largest provider of cloud services, says it is now making changes to help prevent a similar incident occurring in the future.

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