A major internet outage Thursday disrupted many popular websites and online services.
Among the companies reportedly facing at least some online disruption were UPS, FedEx, airlines Delta and Southwest, financial sites Charles Schwab, US Bank and Fidelity, HBO Max, Costco, EA, and tech companies Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
Game services including the PlayStation Network and Steam PC gaming store site were also affected.
A note on the Downdetector.com site said, “Reports indicate there may be a widespread outage at Akamai, which may be impacting your service.”
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Akamai is one of only a few major content delivery networks including Amazon, Cloudflare and Fastly. A major disruption at Fastly in June affected a slew of sites including Amazon, Google, Reddit, Twitch, USA TODAY, CNN, The New York Times, the Financial Times and the U.K. government website.
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Content delivery networks, or content distribution networks (CDNs), store popular content – think TV episodes or movies on Amazon, Netflix or Disney+ – at data centers around the globe so users can access them more efficiently. So net disruptions can disrupt consumers’ ability to stream content.
On its Twitter page, Akamai posted about 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.”
That came after an earlier post that “Akamai is experiencing a service disruption. We are actively investigating and will provide an update in 30 minutes.”
Akamai also posted that the outage was not the “result of a cyberattack on the Akamai platform.”
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