Several Australian banks and US airlines suffered website crashes on Thursday, following an issue with the web services company Akamai.
Customers reported problems with banks including ANZ, Westpac, St George, ME bank, Macquarie Bank, Allianz, and the Commonwealth Bank.
Banking apps were likewise unavailable.
The short outages also affected the following airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
The disruption began at about 14:10 Sydney time (05:10 GMT). The second-biggest carrier in the country, Virgin Australia, Australia Post, the postal service, were also affected
Akamai admitted it was the source of the problem, telling news agency AFP: “We are aware of the issue and actively working to restore services as soon as possible.”
Akamai provides one of the world’s largest content delivery networks (CDNs) – a service designed to speed up loading time for websites. Virgin said it used the technology for IT network authentication.
Earlier in June, an internal problem at another large CDN, Fastly, prompted an hour-long outage at a number of high-profile websites including Amazon, Reddit, and the UK government site.
Commonwealth Bank tweeted that services were starting to return to normal and sent appreciation to their customers for their patience At 16:15 local time.
Shocking: Major Australian banks hit by website outage
By Taiyelolu A