Due to the prolonged shutdown of Amazon Web Services, which is an essential part of many websites and applications, part of the Internet shut down on Wednesday, as The Verge previously reported. The affected sites include not only the world’s biggest players, such as Flickr, Adobe Spark and Roku, but also at least three newscasts.
The Tampa Bay Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Capital Gazette all notified readers on Twitter of AWS-related shutdowns.
New York City Transit Authority he said it was also affectedwhich is an inability to update the subway line alarm. Other affected sites and services include Glassdoor, Spotify-owned Anchor, Getaround, iRobot, and Pokemon Go.
In a statement to The Verge, Amazon said the culprit was the Kinesis Data Streams API and said it was working to fix the problem. “Kinesis experienced an increased error rate this morning in our U.S.-East-1 region, which affected some other AWS services,” he said.
“In the case of Kinesis Data Streams, the problem concerns the subsystem that is responsible for handling incoming requests. The team has identified the root cause and is working to resolve this issue affecting the subsystem,” he added later.
Amazon did not respond immediately to CNET’s comments.