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Hurricane Irma took 7 million cable and wireline subscribers offline

Enlarge / Destroyed power lines hang above a road on September 12, 2017, two days after Hurricane Irma swept through the area. Power outages played a big role in Internet, TV, and phone disruptions. (credit: Getty Images | Spencer Platt )

More than 7 million subscribers to cable or wireline telecom services have lost service due to Hurricane Irma.

"There are at least 7,184,909 (down from 7,597,945 yesterday) subscribers out of service in the affected areas in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia," the Federal Communications Commission reported Tuesday in its latest storm update. These are subscribers to Internet, TV, or phone service or some combination of the three.

In addition to those 7 million, many subscribers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands lost service. "Since there are widespread power outages in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, the FCC has received reports that large percentages of consumers are without either cable services or wireline service. Companies are actively working to restoring service," the FCC said.

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Some Users Are Experiencing Issues With Apple’s iCloud Services

A small number of users are currently experiencing issues with a number of iCloud services. At the time of this post, Apple’s System Status page showed issues with Apple Music, the App Store, the Mac App Store, iCloud Drive, iCloud Notes, iCloud Web Apps, iCloud for Work, and more. (See the screenshot below.)

Some Users Are Experiencing Issues With Apple's iCloud Services

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Apple says less than 0.04% of its users are affected. Those users are experiencing “slower than normal performance.” It isn’t know if the slowdowns are associated with an Amazon Web Services outage that is affecting a good many websites and web services today.

Some Users Are Experiencing Issues With Apple's iCloud Services

This is the first workout for Apple’s new System Status page, which now offers additional information on the individual services that may be experiencing issues. In place of a status bar at the bottom of the page, users can now click an individual service to get a report about what is happening with that service.

WoW: Legion, Battlefield 1 beta suffer launch-day outages

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Two of the gaming world's biggest properties battled major outages on Wednesday, as Blizzard's World of Warcraft was slammed by a distributed denial of service attack, while EA's Battlefield 1 suffered a suspected DDoS thrashing.

Players hoping to take part in the online-only beta of EA's forthcoming World War I shooter Battlefield 1 were left frustrated for most of the day after the servers went down, preventing people from logging in. Blizzard, meanwhile, experienced difficulties of its own, confirming that it was being targeted by a sustained DDoS attack seemingly timed to coincide with the release of Legion, the World of Warcraft expansion.

It is unclear, however, whether the two attacks are linked.

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