Massive Internet Outage Briefly Takes Down Amazon, UPS, and Many Others

Massive Internet Outage Briefly Takes Down Amazon, UPS, and Many Others

Amazon, UPS, AirBNB, Disney, and Southwest Airlines are among the hundreds of websites that briefly disappeared offline today after the internet suffered widespread outage.

     Although the cause for the massive Internet outage remains unknown, the Akamai global content delivery network has confirmed a widespread issue to its Edge DNS service. In a statement, Akamai said they are “aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service.”

     According to DownDetector, the outage is also impacting PlayStation, Fidelity, FedEx, Home Depot, and more.

     Oracle, a multinational computer technology corporation, acknowledged in a statement on its website, that the Akamai issue is impacting its web services.

     Today’s incident highlighted concerns about how vulnerable the Internet is to serious disruptions because of the extent to which the global internet is dependent on a handful of behind-the-scenes companies that provide vital infrastructure.

   For instance, last month, when Fastly, a cloud computing services provider and network was hit with a major outage, the company took down with it some of the world’s top websites, such as The New York Times, Twitch, Reddit, and the British government’s homepage.

   The company blamed the outage on a software bug that was triggered when one customer changed a setting.

     “We experienced a global outage due to an undiscovered software bug that surfaced on June 8 when it was triggered by a valid customer configuration change,” Nick Rockwell, Fastly’s senior vice president of engineering and infrastructure, said in a blog post.

    He said the outage was “broad and severe” but the company quickly identified, isolated and disabled the problem and after 49 minutes, most of its network was up and running again. The bug had been included in a software update that was rolled out in May, and Rockwell said the company is trying to figure out why it wasn’t detected during testing.

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