Picture through Mykhailo Polenok | Dreamstime.com

With one punch on Thursday at about 10 a.m. ET, several websites, applications and services were taken offline due to a disruption suffered by cloud company Akamai Technologies Inc. Reuters notes that this is the second major business break in about a month.

DownDetector documented dozens of outages on popular websites such as Amazon, Airbnb, Delta Air Lines, McDonald’s, American Express, Oracle, Home Depot, HBO Max, FedEx, Costco Wholesale Corp and PlayStation Network, according to reports. BGR and Reuters. It is believed to have affected more than 32,000 websites.

Oracle and Amazon both said the disruption led to several of their offerings, including cloud services, globally.

Fortunately, services continued an hour later. Akamai confirmed that the power outage was due to an error in the software update of its Domain Name System (DNS) and that it had implemented the fix. The company also stressed that the error was not due to a cyber attack.

DNS allows users access websites through a domain that acts as a gateway to the cloud network where content can be downloaded.

“We’re checking our software update process to prevent future disruptions, “Akamai said.

[via BGR and Reuters, cover image via Mykhailo Polenok | Dreamstime.com]



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