Jun 08, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
The online world has received a lesson on how vital a small number of behind-the-scenes companies have become to running the internet.
On Tuesday, dozens of websites briefly went offline around the globe, including CNN, The New York Times and Britain’s government home page, after an outage at the cloud service Fastly.
The company has indicated the outage appeared to be caused internally.
Brief internet service outages are not uncommon and are only rarely the result of hacking or other mischief.
Still, major futures markets in the U.S. dipped sharply minutes after the outage, which came a month after a cyberattack forced the shutdown of the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S.