Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s internet infrastructure service that is the backbone of many websites and applications, is experiencing a major outage affecting much of the internet.
“Kinesis experienced an increase in error rates this morning in our US-East-1 region that impacted some other AWS services,” Amazon said in a statement to The edge. “We are working on the resolution.” And, ironically, in a notice on the AWS Service Health dashboard, Amazon said the issue apparently “affected our ability to post updates” to that dashboard.
It looks like the problem is pretty widespread, as a number of apps and services have posted on Twitter how the AWS outage is affecting them, including Spotify-owned Roku, Flickr, Adobe Spark, and Anchor.
We are working to resolve this issue quickly. We are affected by the widespread AWS outage and hope our customers will be up and running soon. Most feeds should work as expected during this time.
– Roku Support (@RokuSupport) November 25, 2020
[status] Identified: Members receive an “Oops, an error has occurred” error when they attempt to sign in or create an account due to an ongoing AWS outage. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to share information here like this… https://t.co/drGhoVfYMv
– Flickr Help (@FlickrHelp) November 25, 2020
An Amazon AWS outage is currently impacting Adobe Spark, you may be having issues accessing / modifying your projects. We are actively working with AWS and will let you know when the issue is resolved. https://t.co/uoHPf44HjL for the current state of Spark. We apologize for any inconvenience!
– Adobe Spark (@AdobeSpark) November 25, 2020
Hello, yes, Anchor is currently down due to a temporary AWS service outage. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please know that we are working to get the website back up and running as soon as possible. We will make an announcement as soon as this is corrected.
– Anchor (@anchor) November 25, 2020
@RSS is one of the companies affected by the AWS system outage. Connection and downloads not processed. The delivery and distribution of all episodes is not affected. Public podcast pages are also available. New downloads will resume as soon as the issue is resolved.
– RSS podcasting (@rss) November 25, 2020
Hello. We are currently unable to remove the A-line service alert from our website and app due to the Amazon AWS outage. Trains no longer run locally in Brooklyn. We will continue to post updates here as we have them.
– NYCT metro. Wear a mask. (@NYCTSubway) November 25, 2020
Unfortunately yes. Our payment processor (Paddle) is currently having issues (due to AWS, apparently). Hope we will be back online soon.
– Rogue Amoeba (@RogueAmoeba) November 25, 2020
Downdetector.com also shows spikes in user reports on issues with many Amazon services.
AWS is one of the most widely used cloud services in the world, so any problem can have major spillover effects on other web services and applications. An outage in 2017 affected companies such as Trello, Quora, and IFTTT, for example.