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U.K. News Sites Swamped in Wake of London Bombings

News Web sites in the United Kingdom struggled to remain reachable in the hours after a series of bombings in London this morning, as people turned to the sites for information about the attacks.

The Web sites of Sky News, Financial Times and the BBC all experienced significant slowdowns in the hours after the explosions, according to Keynote Systems, a Web traffic analysis company based in San Mateo, Calif. Keynote said some sites took as much as four times as long as usual to load.

In an unrelated incident in the United States, a power outage Wednesday at Web hosting company Advance Internet caused outages for more than 30 newspaper sites, including several large metropolitan dailies, according to analysis by Netcraft, a Web site security and monitoring firm based in Bath, England.

By Brian Krebs  |  July 7, 2005; 1:44 PM ET
 
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I was completely unable to connect with www.bbc.co.uk both yesterday (Wednesday) and today, apparently yesterday because of London's being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games, and then today because of the terrorist bombings. However, I found that the Manchester Guardian newspaper website at www.guardian.co.uk remained up and running, with simplified graphics and reduced content, on both days. Apparently they're either not as well known, or they have better contingency plans for high-traffic periods.

Posted by: Scott | July 7, 2005 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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