Which sites have been affected?
- PlayStation Network
- Lloyds Bank
- Call of Duty
- Channel 4
- Sky Bet
- British Airways
- Tesco Bank
- John Lewis
- Premiere Inn
- 123 Reg
- Credit Karma
- Bank of Scotland
- Now TV
- Amazon Web Services
- Sainsbury’s Bank
- Epic Games Store
The Internet has been hit by a mystery global outage as sites including Fortnite, Delta Airlines, Amazon, AirBnb, BA, and major banks went down.
Gamers, shoppers and workers across the world were left livid after they could not connect to at least 48 websites on Thursday evening.
The Playstation Network, Call of Duty, Fifa and EA were all reported to have had issues.
Meanwhile major banks including HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Bank, Halifax, TSB, Tesco Bank, and the Bank of Scotland were beset by issues.
And shoppers also vented on social media they were struggling to access Argos, McDonald’s, John Lewis and eBay.
The mass outage comes just a month after some of Australia’s major websites – including from various media outlets – crashed.
Those problems hit The Age and The Guardian along with other sites such as Nine, which were returning an ‘Error 503 service unavailable’ message.
Downdetector, an independent outage monitor website, reported the stream of complaints about websites from about 5pm on Thursday.
It listed nearly 50 sites that customers were having trouble with in London.
It found tens of thousands of issues with sites based in the capital but is believed to be affecting customers across the country.
The monitor pointed to AWS, although Amazon told MailOnline ‘it has investigated and AWS services are all operating normally’.
It may be something else to do with the wider internet at a deep level, as so many sites have been hit – such as a shared API used by all sites.
Major content delivery network Akamai, which provides domain name system services, says it is experiencing problems and appeared to shoulder the blame tonight.
Many of the affected websites are featured on its customers page.
Just half an hour after the sites started going down, the firm released a statement owning up to at least some of the problems.
The Internet has been hit by a mystery global outage as sites including Fortnite, Delta Airlines, Amazon, AirBnb, BA, and major banks went down
Gamers, shoppers and workers across the world were left livid after they could not connect to at least 48 websites on Thursday evening
The Playstation Network, Call of Duty, Fifa and EA were all reported to have had issues
Meanwhile major banks including HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Bank, Halifax, TSB, Tesco Bank, and the Bank of Scotland were beset by issues
The mass outage comes just a month after some of Australia’s major websites – including from various media outlets – crashed
The Independent claimed it was due to Akamai, a major content delivery network
A spokesman said: ‘We are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service.
‘We are actively investigating the issue. If you have questions or are experiencing impact due to this issue, please contact Akamai Technical Support.
‘In the interest of time, we are providing you the most current information available, which is subject to changes, corrections, and updates.’
Akamai is a major content delivery network (CDN) firm that facilitates internet services for other companies.
A CDN is a platform of servers that helps minimise delays in loading web page content.
Jake Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at ESET, told MailOnline: ‘Web pages are located all over the world so content delivery networks are placed to distribute the data evenly by reducing the physical distance between where it’s actually held and the end user.
‘This helps users around the world view the same high quality information and content without any lag or slow loading times.
More than half of the internet’s traffic is served by a CDN, according to Akamai.
Customers took to social media to complain and joke about not being able the access the websites on Thursday night.
One wrote: Oh no. The internet is broken and I forgot to print out how to boil and egg.’
Another put: ‘The internet is all broken up due to DNS issues. If you are having issues accessing certain sites hang in there. You are not alone.’
And one added: ‘I see someone has broken the internet again. This is why we need to have a controlled programme of Kardashian disarmament.
‘Until they’re deactivated and made safe, we will all be at risk.’