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Posted on: Jul 19, 2017

In late February 2017, a number of large websites across the internet abruptly went down. Community-question-site Quora crashed, as did product management tool Trello, and Amazon's artificial intelligence assistant Alexa also struggled.

The outage lasted several hours — and Amazon's S3 hosting service was to blame. This is because all the affected sites made use of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud web hosting service from the Seattle-based technology giant that now underpins vast swathes of the modern web and hit $12 billion (£9.3 billion) in revenue last year.

The S3 outage lasted several hours, and highlighted the unique vulnerabilities of our digital world: A handful of companies are responsible for maintaining huge swathes of the internet — and when there's a problem with one of them, thousands of businesses and millions of people can be left unable to work.

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This article was submitted by Jonathan T. Armiger, Attorney at Law. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the E-Discovery, Information Governance & Cybersecurity Section page, please email Kara Sikorski at


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