Issue with Amazon S3 servers fixed after worldwide internet hiccups

Amazon Web Services

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — If you noticed some of your favorite websites or apps weren’t working properly this afternoon, here’s the reason why.

AWS, or Amazon Web Services, had a problem with its cloud service. As of 1:49 PST, all service was restored.

Update at 2:08 PM PST: As of 1:49 PM PST, we are fully recovered for operations for adding new objects in S3, which was our last operation showing a high error rate. The Amazon S3 service is operating normally.

Update at 12:52 PM PST: We are seeing recovery for S3 object retrievals, listing and deletions. We continue to work on recovery for adding new objects to S3 and expect to start seeing improved error rates within the hour.

Update at 11:35 AM PST: We have now repaired the ability to update the service health dashboard. 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.

The problem knocked several sites who use AWS offline, caused images to go missing on others or left websites running like they’re on a dial-up connection.

Sites like Imgur, Medium, Expedia, Mailchimp, Buffer and even the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission were all impacted, as were communication services like Slack. Also ironically impacted, DownDetector.com, which is a website that tracks when other websites are down.

You can view the latest updates on the AWS Service Health Dashboard.