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Website tracker initially flagged Southwest Airlines as one of the sites affected. Photograph: Kamil Krzacynski/AFP

A plethora of websites operated by financial institutions, governments and airlines including Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd and Australia’s cen(...)

Other, more mature, industries have developed practices to cultivate and disseminate best practice, to analyse, publish and so learn from incidents and accidents. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

In his 2001 book, Fooled by Randomness, the former risk analyst and financial options trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb observed that an entire collection (...)

The international collapse on Tuesday of websites supported by the major cloud service provider Fastly is yet another in a series of urgent indicators(...)

Screen grab taken from the Downdetector website showing a number of leading media websites giving error messages. Photograph: PA Photo.

Yesterday was, in one respect, a good day for Silicon Valley-based internet infrastructure provider Fastly. Its share price surged, for a start. And e(...)

The cause of the outage was quickly identified as a problem with the “edge cloud” provider Fastly. Image: Paul Scott/The Irish Times

What happened? For 45 minutes this morning, a significant chunk of the web did not work. People trying to visit a huge array of websites, from The Ir(...)