This past week had an outage that lasted about 9 hours, and it’s one that hit a lot of people… almost everyone who has more than one or two Amazon smart home devices. Yes, my lights went back to dumb lights, my doorbell didn’t work, and other quirky setbacks. Was it the end of the world? No, but it did set a new series of attacks between those in the old world and the new one. When the outage was over, I was joyed to see that my tech was back, but I was reminded of how fragile our Internet Of Things can get.

The outage at Inc.’s cloud-computing arm left thousands of people in the U.S. without working fridges, roombas and doorbells, highlighting just how reliant people have become on the company as the Internet of Things proliferates across homes.

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