Amazon has said that a simple typo was the cause of several high-profile websites and services being knocked offline. Hours of problems struck services like Q&A forum Quora, and Giphy, an image hosting service.

The sites rely on hosting provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – a cloud computing provider.

A typo made during a routine debugging of the AWS billing system caused the failure.

“Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended,” Amazon said in an online statement.

The error required a full restart that “took longer than expected”. Around 150,000 websites and services rely on AWS. Among those affected by the failure was – somewhat ironically – Down Detector, a service that tracks downtime at major websites.

Amazon, which is the world’s largest provider of cloud services, says it is now making changes to help prevent a similar incident occurring in the future.

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