A Major Internet Outage Appears To Have Knocked Down Amazon And Dozens Of Other Sites

A Major Internet Outage Appears To Have Knocked Down Amazon And Dozens Of Other Sites

A Major Internet Outage Appears To Have Knocked Down Amazon And Dozens Of Other Sites A widespread internet outage caused several major websites to shut down Thursday afternoon, including Amazon, Delta, Capital One and Costco. It's still unclear what caused the outage, but Akamai, a content distribution network that helps with the spread of data around the internet, posted online there was an "emerging issue" with their Edge DNS service. A DNS, or domain name service, helps match a website's name to its IP address. If the DNS fails, it becomes impossible to search and connect to a website by name. By approximately 1:13pm ET, the site read "all systems operational." When reached by NPR, Akamai said, "We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations." Akamai also confirmed that the outage was not due to a cyber attack. A similar widespread outage occurred in June when another content delivery network, Fastly, experienced a software bug. Websites like CNN, The New York Times, Twitch and Reddit were down for nearly …
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