A major internet outage on Thursday disrupted many popular websites and online services.
UPS, FedEx, Delta and Southwest Airlines, Charles Schwab, US Bank and Fidelity, HBO Max, Costco, EA, and tech companies Amazon, Google and Microsoft are among the companies that have reportedly suffered at least online disruption. .
Gaming services, including PlayStation Network and the Steam PC game store site, have also been affected.
A note on the Downdetector.com site read, “Reports indicate that there may be a generalized outage at Akamai, which could impact your service.
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Akamai is one of the few major content delivery networks, including Amazon, Cloudflare, and Fastly. A major disruption at Fastly in June affected many sites including Amazon, Google, Reddit, Twitch, USA TODAY, CNN, The New York Times, Financial Times and the UK Government website.
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Content delivery networks, or content delivery networks (CDNs), store popular content – think TV episodes or movies on Amazon, Netflix, or Disney + – in data centers around the world so that users can access it more efficiently. Thus, network disruptions can disrupt the ability of consumers to deliver content.
On its Twitter page, Akamai posted at around 12:45 p.m. ET that it had “implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations.”
This follows a previous article that said, “Akamai Is Experiencing Service Disruption. We are actively investigating and will provide an update in 30 minutes.”
Akamai also said the outage was not “the result of a cyberattack on the Akamai platform.”
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