AWS went down, taking parts of the Internet with it — what we know

Close up of AWS sign at their offices in SOMA district
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While many people think of Amazon as a great place to score some deals, it also owns Amazon Web Services. This server system hosts a significant portion of the digital world, from Amazon Alexa devices to fast food apps and more.

Unfortunately, that means when AWS goes down lots of services suffer. And that's exactly what happened today (June 7) when, according to several outlets and Down Detector, a website that tracks real-time outage information, AWS was hit with a major outage.  The Verge reported that the issue appears to be tied to an issue with US-EAST-1 region that started at around 3 p.m. ET. 

A look at the AWS Health Dashboard confirmed that the company's Northern Virginia servers experienced increased error rates and latency issues, which caused severe degradation that may help explain why some of your favorite services weren't working for a little while.

Update: As of 6:37 p.m. ET, AWS says "the issue has been resolved and all AWS Services are operating normally."

What services powered by AWS went down

As of writing, here are all the services that were down or experiencing some problems according to Down Detector. It appears Microsoft Azure also experienced some issues, which may be related.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • McDonald's app
  • Amazon
  • Southwest
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Pluto TV
  • Ally
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige
  • Microsoft 365
  • Destiny
  • FIFA
  • Instagram
  • IMDb
  • VRChat
  • Nike Plus
  • Delta Air Lines
  • TikTok
  • Fortnite
  • Hinge
  • Overwatch 2

The official AWS Service Health Dashboard offers up-to-date intel on what's happening, and throughout the outage it gave updates. Shortly after 6 PM ET Tuesday (June 7) it reported that all issues had been resolved.

Malcolm McMillan
Senior Streaming Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.

  • kep55
    Eh-yup. Let's put all of our confidential, proprietary, business critical data on the cloud. It's safe, secure, and always available. Just like a cloud in the sky is a bunch of holes held together with vapor that can disappear with a gust of wind.