Amazon Finds the Cause of Its AWS Outage: A Typo – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday blamed human error for an outage at its cloud-services unit that caused widespread disruption to internet traffic across the U.S. earlier this week.

In a post on its website, Amazon said the outage started with a typo at Amazon’s northern Virginia data centers Tuesday.

An employee trying to speed up the company’s S3 cloud-storage billing system tried to take a few servers offline. The employee…

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