Various airlines, banks, stock exchanges, and trading outlets suffered outrage after a major portion of internet infrastructure ceased to function.
This was the second major interruption in the past ten days. Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Bank, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Groups were among those who reported outages.
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange website and the websites of Vanguard, Automatic Data Processing, Frontier Airlines, and E-trade were also shortly offline.
Virgin Australia said in a statement that their IT outage emanated due to a fault at the global content delivery system, Akamai Technologies.
The airline said it was one of many institutions to encounter an outage with the Akamai content delivery system. The firm elucidated that the problem was not caused by a network update or a cyber attack.
The outage happened just over a week after unlimited websites and apps around the world went down for about an hour, causing the New York Times, Amazon, Hulu, and other high-traffic websites to temporarily shut down. The problem seemed to be related to the San Francisco cloud services provider.
The second outage is another instance of how unusual disturbances can bring a big chunk of online vitality to a halt. The pandemic period has progressed most of the people to the Web for their groceries, job, chore, school, health care, and many more have exacerbated the potential for wide shutdowns.
In a statement to CNN Business, Southwest Airlines said that they worked quickly to renovate the systems following the outage. The interruption in connectivity did not affect the airline’s flight operations whereas Australia’s Westpac bank also apologized to their customers.
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Similar outages have happened before. In 2019, Verizon accidentally routed most of their U.S. traffic to a sole Internet service provider in Pennsylvania, causing sites such as Amazon and Facebook to cease working for many people.