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Amazon's web hosting servers went down and caused major internet disruptions

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A server fault with Amazon's Web Services (AWS) in Virginia caused major internet disruptions on Tuesday afternoon,  NBC News reported.  Users were having difficulty accessing popular websites like Imgur, Quora, Medium, and even the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

This is an ongoing issue and the company initially cited "increased error rates" with its cloud services.

Ironically, an AWS presenter felt the effects, too.

According to SimilarTech, Amazon S3 is used by about 148,213 websites and 121, 761 domains. It's used by 0.8 percent of the top 1 million websites, so when it goes down, the consequences are widespread.

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