February 28, 2017 Last Updated 3:33 pm

Amazon cloud storage service outage has some news websites and apps scrambling

Websites reported to be effected include The Associated Press, BusinessInsider, Mashable, Quora and Giphy, many remain online, though slow to respond or load

The Internet blew a tire today as Amazon’s AWS cloud service experienced problems – specifically S3 in US-EAST-1. That has led to slow websites, and some being basically unreachable.

Some, like The Associated Press, moved over to Facebook in order to continue posting stories, while others simply relied more heavily on Twitter, though they could not link to any workable website.

“We have now repaired the ability to update the service health dashboard,” the company reported in an update. “The service updates are below. We continue to experience high error rates with S3 in US-EAST-1, which is impacting various AWS services. We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand root cause, and are working on implementing what we believe will remediate the issue.”

There was at least one report that Apple, too, was experiencing problems with its iCloud service, that was not confirmed, and few reports of problems could be found.

Check that, iCloud is having issues, according to Apple’s own System Status page. Their issues are effecting Apple Music, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Photos and Apple TV. Whether they are tied to Amazon’s issues is the big question (because if they are not, it would be one hell of a coincidence).


Amazon for a while could not update its own dashboard, but they solved that problem by 11:35 PT.

Amazon’s S3 is used by over 140K websites, and one of those is Amazon’s own AWS dashboard, ironically.

For the AV Club it has meant that it could not update a story that they apparently were not happy with – it may have been their story on “Gary from Chicago” who was one of the tour bus folk that were seen at the Oscars, or it might have their story on the president blaming Barack Obama for protests. In either case, they could not edit their story until Amazon fixes their issues.

The server problems at Amazon once again brought to the forefront the fact that so much of the web is dependent on Amazon. Its cloud services side has been its most profitable business for a while now, and it continues to report fantastic growth, but some have expressed fear that an attack against Amazon could, or rather can, bring so much of the Internet to a screeching halt.

Update: This outage should be winding down soon, according to Amazon’s latest update:

Update at 1:12 PM PST: S3 object retrieval, listing and deletion are fully recovered now. We are still working to recover normal operations for adding new objects to S3

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