UPDATE (4th September 18:45 BST): Bitcoin wallet service Blockchain is accessible once again.
CoinDesk was last able to retrieve data from the site’s API at 05:44 UTC this morning, with a Reddit user noting the issue at around 07:00.
At press time, a message on the site’s homepage read: “We will be back shortly. Blockchain.info is currently down for maintenance. For status updates please see Twitter. Apologies for any inconvenience.”
A tweet by the company’s Twitter account stated similar information:
We are currently undergoing some maintenance but will be back online shortly. Be sure to follow @blockchain on Twitter for the latest news.
— Blockchain (@blockchain) September 4, 2015
Blockchain co-founder Nic Cary told CoinDesk the downtime was down to the company “installing some new equipment”, adding that it has been “growing fast” lately.
The company’s outage follows a six-hour period of downtime experienced by global bitcoin marketplace LocalBitcoins earlier this week.
LocalBitcoins’ community manager ‘Max’ said in a post on Reddit the problem was related to server issues: “It seems a server got hung up … We’re about to move to new equipment as the current servers are quite old, sad that they had to crash before we moved.”
Time out image via Shutterstock