Global internet outage hits major UK websites

08 June 2021

A number of major websites, including the UK government and NHS sites, were hit by a global web outage.

Those logging into to, as well as the Guardian, Financial Times and Evening Standard were earlier faced with a message saying "503 Service Unavailable".

Fastly, a global online content delivery network (CDN), had reported an outage across its network, affecting sites which use its platform.

The US-based company has confirmed it has found the issue and is currently working to repair it. At around 11.50am BST, a number of services appeared to have been restored, but loading times are slow, with access seemingly intermittent.

The outage comes as hundreds of thousands of 25-29 became eligible for their Covid-19 vaccines and were already experiencing trouble booking online.