UPDATE 10:05 AM PST: Akamai says it has updated fixes and "the service resumes normal operations. " He also confirmed that the downtime is "not the result of a cyber attack on the Akamai platform. " Downdetector.com is always showing sporadic outages.
An internet outage has taken down many websites, especially Airbnb, Steam and the PlayStation Network.
The outage appears to have started at 8:30 am PST, according to Downdetector.com . Affected web domains display the error "Service Unavailable - DNS Failed" when you try to visit them.
Downdetector.com Thursday morning.
DNS is the domain name system, which acts as a telephone directory for the Internet, allowing your browser to load the correct web page.
"We are aware of an emerging problem with the DNS Edge service", says Akamai, a content delivery network provider that helps speed up website access. "We are actively investigating the prosecution. " Akamai has thousands of companies, including retailers, game publishers, and travel agencies, among its customers.
Yet we It's still unclear exactly what's causing the disruption. The CEO of Cloudflare, another content delivery network provider, tweeted : "I'm not sure yet why so many online sites don't load, but I have confirmed that this was not a Cloudflare issue. Bad days happen to everyone, so let's hope whoever has one gets resolved quickly.
According to computer company SolarWinds, the outage has already reached more than 30,000 websites. UPS, Newegg, Fedex, LastPass and Home Depot are others trapped.
(Disclosure: Downdetector Ookla owner is owned by PCMag parent company Ziff Davis.)
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