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Content network delivery provider Akamai says global outage hitting banks, airlines ‘not caused by system update or cyberattack'

Posted On: Jul 31, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

Content network delivery provider Akamai says global outage hitting banks, airlines ‘not caused by system update or cyberattack'

An internet outage affecting hundreds of organizations, including airlines and banks, was not caused by a system update or a cyberattack, US-based content delivery network provider Akamai has said.
Cloud services run by Akamai went down on Thursday morning, affecting clients including US airlines such as United and Southwest, as well as Australia's largest financial firm Commonwealth Bank and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's website.
The provider later confirmed the problem had hit around 500 customers using version 3.0 of its ‘Prolexic' Routed service, which it said was restored around 4 hours and 30 minutes after the initial outage.
The service - one of several offered by Akamai - provides protection against Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks.
“A routing table value used by this particular service was inadvertently exceeded. The effect was an unanticipated disruption of service,” the company said in a statement.
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