Short-Lived Amazon Cloud Outage Takes Down Several Sites

Netflix, Foursquare, Virgin America and several other sites were affected this evening when Amazon’s Web Services went down for less than an hour. Foursquare confirmed it went down between 7:14 pm and 8:06 pm. Virgin America also said it was down; and Netflix said to users that it was experiencing issues more than an hour ago. Now everything seems to be operating normally again, according to Amazon’s own records. The outage was contained to two facilities in North Virginia and fairly short-lived, unlike the week-long outage in April that affected many consumer services.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik