Foreign Policy magazine’s website may be down, but their spirits are soaring. Fine. Maybe not soaring. But they’re trying to deal while the tech team assesses the situation. So they’ve taken to Facebook and Twitter while they await the mercy of the Internet Gods.
The site went down early this morning. The reason for the crash is that Amazon’s hosting service is down all across the eastern part of the U.S.
From their “web dude” who isn’t ruling out “zombie invasion”: “Amazon’s Virginia data centers experienced a major service disruption this morning, including the EBS service that powers FP’s database, as well as the fail over system that should’ve brought us back up within minutes of the downtime. We’re working with our partners at Amazon to restore service, but because the event was so massive right now the best official estimate is “within several hours.” As of 3:30 EDT we’re starting to see our services come back up, so we’re optimistic. They haven’t opined on a root cause yet, although our top suspects at the moment include SkyNet, and a zombie invasion.”