Widespread Outage Disrupts Major Retail, Financial, Travel Websites Worldwide
A widespread disruption caused severe outages for some of the world's biggest websites on Thursday afternoon.
DownDetector.com showed a sharp and simultaneous spike in outage reports for prominent travel, retail, financial and gaming websites globally. In most cases, the spike in outage reports appeared to start around 11:40 a.m. ET.
Even the Tokyo Olympics website and app were reported to be intermittently down, just hours before the Opening Ceremony.
Some municipal governments reported disruptions to 911 service as well in places like Illinois and Virginia.
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Akamai, which operates one of the world's largest and most crucial content delivery networks, reported a problem with its service that many partners cited as a possible cause of the outage.
"We are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service," Akamai said. "We are actively investigating the issue."
It was not immediately clear if the outages would having any operating impact on the Tokyo Olympics, where competition was already …
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