Websites of airlines, banks and tech companies down in widespread outage

Several airlines, banks and technology websites were coming back online after a brief outage, the third such widespread incident noted in just a span of two months, raising alarms across social media.

Websites of Delta Air Lines, Costco, American Express and Airbnb were down, displaying domain name system (DNS) service errors.

Delta Air Lines was one of several companies hit by the internet outage.Credit:AP

Cloud services provider Akamai Technologies had given an alert on its “Edge DNS” service incident, noting a “partial outage” on its website.

“We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations,” it said later in a tweet.

Oracle Corp said it was monitoring the global issue related to a cloud-based DNS solution provider impacting access to many internet resources, including its own cloud services.

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DNS is a service that translates readable domain names to machine readable IP addresses, connecting it to a server and delivering the requested page on the user’s phone or laptop.

In June, multiple outages hit social media, government and news websites across the globe, with some reports pointing to a glitch at US-based cloud computing service providers.

About 3500 users reported issues with Airbnb’s website, while nearly 1500 Home Depot users reported problems, according to outage tracking website Downdetector.

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