YouTube appeared to be experiencing widespread service disruption Tuesday night, showing users a blank website frame instead of the usual site populated by videos.The outage appears to have begun around 6 p.m. PT, according to outage monitors and comments on Twitter.YouTube and Google representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations -- erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves -- with everyday tech. Here's what happe … [Read more...] about YouTube experiences widespread outage
A Canadian company that operates 20 restaurant chain brands has suffered a country-wide outage of its IT systems over the weekend in an incident it described as a "malware outbreak." More security news Facebook says it detected security breach after traffic spike Mission impossible: Can you regain access after Twitter lockout? Web inventor Berners-Lee creates a new privacy first way of dealing with the internet Python is a hit with hackers, report finds The company is Recipe Unlimited --formerly Cara Operations-- which operates restaurant brands in North American, but mostly in Canada.The mysterious malware outbreak happened last Friday, September 28. Not all restaurants were affected, but only those operating under brands such as Swiss Chalet, Harvey's, Milestones, Kelseys, Montana's, Bier Markt, East Side Mario's, The Landing Group of Restaurants, and Prime Pubs, according to a press release the company shared with ZDNet.The company says that as soon as it learned of the … [Read more...] about Canadian restaurant chain suffers country-wide outage after malware outbreak
If you rely on Twitter for business or recreation, it's time to worry. Although the days of frequent service outages have passed, users have a new cause for concern - getting locked out without explanation by Twitter itself.Unfortunately, when this happens, you have no recourse, and there is no one to call. It's bad news.One of the top technology industry analysts in the world, Ray Wang, whom I have known personally for many years, is a victim of this situation. Wang is no newcomer to Twitter: his account has been active since 2008 and has 119,000 followers. He is also a blue-checked user, meaning Twitter has verified his identity as authentic.Given his credentials, if this can happen to Ray, then you are also at risk. The facts: Last Friday, Sept 28, the Ray Wang's twitter account issued an odd tweet, with a link leading to a Bitcoin scam page supposedly run by Elon Musk. The account username was changed to "Elon." I saw the tweet and it was obvious Ray's account had been hacked. … [Read more...] about Mission impossible: Can you regain access after Twitter lockout?
Go ahead -- search Amazon for literally anything you'd like to buy. No search results. Not on desktop, not on mobile, and not in the Amazon.com app either. We're just seeing ads -- and so are the thousands of people reporting the same thing on social media, according to DownDetector.We're still able to add items to our cart and (presumably) buy them, using a direct URL or if we already had them saved. But searching for all the wonderful things on Amazon that we really don't need and probably shouldn't buy and... wait, is this a good thing? Amazon's AWS status page is totally lit up green, showing no errors there. The official @AmazonHelp account on Twitter hasn't issued any response yet in English about this issue, but it has responded to a couple of customers in Japanese:According to a Microsoft translation, the important part there is "It is not possible to search on the site now, we are working to recover."Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. … [Read more...] about A weird Amazon.com outage leaves shoppers with no search results
A number of U.S.-based customers connecting to Microsoft cloud services, including Office 365, Azure Active Directory and Visual Studio Team Services, are reporting outages this morning, September 4. The issue seems to stem from problems in Microsoft's South Central U.S. datacenter.The problems also are affecting users in other regions who are using services that authenticate with Azure Active Directory and who are attempting to use the Azure Resource Manager, I'm hearing from users on Twitter.An Office 365 service health status page notes that some users have been unable to authenticate or connect to Office 365 services. The Office 365 admin center also has been down for these customers since at least 9:09 a.m. UTC (5:09 a.m. ET), according to that page."We've determined that a data center issue caused a subset of the Office 365 service to become degraded. We're connecting some of the affected services to an alternate infrastructure, while remediating the underlying issue within the … [Read more...] about Microsoft South Central U.S. datacenter outage takes down a number of cloud services