Amazon has blamed a typo for a massive cloud-computing outage which caused problems for thousands of websites and apps. The web giant has apologised for the five-hour outage of some Amazon Web Services which took down websites including Slack, Trello and Medium. Amazon has now revealed exactly what went wrong, explaining that an incorrectly typed command during a routine debugging of its billing system was to blame, also known as a fat finger typo. The employee only “intended to remove a small number of servers”, but instead the typo caused unprecedented performance problems for thousands of companies that rely on Amazon’s cloud-computing service.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Telegraph