Websites of several major corporations in Australia and beyond stopped working for many users on Thursday after analysts said a glitch was caused by service disruptions at a hosting platform based in the United States.
The outage was the second failure in the past week, which appeared to demonstrate a widespread reliance on a handful of companies maintaining the pipeline based on the global Internet.
Thursday’s disruption affected several Australian banks, airlines Virgin Australia And this Hong Kong Stock Exchange, among other companies. There were also reports of service shutdowns on the websites of companies in Germany, India and elsewhere.
As those websites fail, Downdetector.com, a website that tracks Internet disruptions, said user reports show Increase in “potential problems” in Akamai, a service provider based in Massachusetts. Downdetector.com said the report began spreading around 12:10 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, and began to subside about an hour later.
Cyber security experts in Australia wrote on social media that the disruption in Akamai appeared to be the reason for the website failure. Company spokespersons in Asia and the United States did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.
In Australia, the outage affected online and mobile banking services at four major banks: ANZ, Commonwealth, National Australia Bank and Westpac. Residents took to social media to complain of being stranded at gas stations without a means to pay for groceries or fuel at supermarket checkouts.
Australia’s National Postal Service stated that a “external obstructionwas affecting some of its services.
Telstra, an Australian telecommunications provider that is also listed by Downdetector.com as experiencing disruptions, said in an email that the problem was not from its own servers.
As of around 2 p.m. Eastern Time in the United States, or as of late Thursday afternoon in Australia, some Australian banks said their services were back online.
Last week, several major websites, including the British Government, The New York Times, CNN, The Financial Times and The Guardian, were briefly inaccessible. Many of the affected sites appear to have been restored after less than an hour.
he was connected to the outage fast, a provider of cloud computing services used by businesses around the world to operate their websites. Fastly, which is based in San Francisco, later said the problem had been identified and was being fixed.