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We’ve had a week of downtime and outages and at first thought it was bad enough with downtime from Apples iTune app store, however things got a bit more serious as Amazon (and then Sony, see below) decided to join in on Thursday with many people complaining they couldn’t get on to various sites; Formspring, Hootsuite, Reddit, Moby,  Zynga, CEX, about.me, Paper.li, Ow.ly, ht.ly, Livefyre, co-tweet, Quora, Foursquare to name a few.

 

A week of downtime and outages

These sites are slowly limping back on-line now after the Amazon server EC2 went down for at least three days!

Quora is working but had this message showing for a few days.

A week of downtime and outages

This message from Reddit has only recently been taken off.

Ctrl+Alt+Del had this message up for some days! It appears to be working now though.

A week of downtime and outages

The message on the Amazon status page still just has this…

http://status.aws.amazon.com/

Apr 24, 9:59 AM PDT We continue to make steady progress on recovering remaining affected EBS volumes and making them accessible to customers. If your volume is not currently responsive, we recommend trying to detach and reattach it. In many cases that may restore your access.

Sony

At almost the same time we also found out that Sony’s Playstation Network was also down again, people had been saying it was the hacking work of Anonymous but this has not been confirmed, in fact Sony has not said why, just that they are having problems.

Update: Anonymous have confirmed that they had nothing to do with Sony’s outage – and Sony are now admitting that hackers are responsible.

This tweet came from @Playstation on Thursday.

Update on PSN Service Outages: http://bit.ly/gparM4
The message just states:
We’re aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information.
Thank you for your patience.
 
 
 

Yesterday from Playstation

We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.
 
We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

Nothing confirmed yet, as to when the network will be up and running again though.

Maybe back up on the 4th of May – update here

 
Down for Everyone?
 

If you couldn’t find out if the website you were trying to connect to was down or it was just you then try this, although I tend to just type in twitter search something like – itunes down – and you soon see lots of people are having the same problem.

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

Skynet

It does make me chuckle that this all happened just as everyone was talking about Skynet going live and taking down the internet as foretold in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_(Terminator) Skynet was implemented on April 19, 2011 and began its attack against humanity on April 21

Luckily we are all still here (I think) and hopefully everything will be back in working order very soon.

Hope this helps.