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Tech meltdown causes weekend chaos

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Australia had a weekend of tech and internet chaos with shopping, pay TV, online streaming site Stan, media and food-ordering sites going down

Fairfax Media has reported that shoppers were left unable to pay for groceries, while websites and servers crashed around the nation in a spate of technical outages on Sunday, that may or may not be linked to the wild weekend weather that lashed the east coast.

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Fairfax reported that Amazon Web Services, which hosts cloud-computing services for many companies, noted several connectivity issues for its services based in Sydney.

Some of the websites affected belonged to Fairfax Media; Foxtel and Fox Sports; car-sharing service Go Get; The Daily Telegraph’s NRL Super Coach site; online TV streaming platform Stan; ticketing platform TryBooking; and online food ordering service Menulog.

And on Sunday night, a separate technical outage caused a meltdown in ATMs and Eftpos machines.

An AWS spokesman told Fairfax the problem was not related to the website issues with Amazon Web Services.

Customers from Westpac, Commonwealth Bank and ME Bank complained on the companies’ Facebook pages, with some saying their eftpos payments did not work.

One person said he had to leave a trolley full of groceries in Aldi because his card did not work.

A Commonwealth Bank spokeswoman said the bank was not aware of any systemic issues, but some individuals may be experiencing intermittent issues with other eftpos machines.

– with Fairfax Media.