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After Massive Web Outage, Akamai Implements “Fix”, Says “Not Cyberattack”

Websites worldwide are slowly coming back online as Akamai tweets the ongoing situation “was not a result of a cyberattack on the Akamai platform.”

At the peak of the disruption, at least 33,000 websites worldwide were offline due to Akamai experiencing DNS failures. Right now, around 14,000 remain offline, a dramatic decrease since Akamai announced it “fixed” the problem about an hour ago. 

Earlier, we noted Akamai edge DNS was the issue behind tens of thousands of websites going offline worldwide. 

Akamai tweeted that they “have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations. We will continue to monitor to ensure that the impact has been fully mitigated.” 

Update (1249ET): DNS services appear to be coming back online after nearly 33,000 websites were offline due to DNS failure. 

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Update (1237ET): More than 32,000 websites are down worldwide as a massive DNS failure originated a little after 1100ET. Oracle shines more light on what sparked the outage. It says:

Identified – We are monitoring a global issue related to Akamai edge DNS that is impacting access to many internet resources, including Oracle cloud properties. Resources within the Oracle cloud are continuing to run and are not impacted by this event.

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At least 30,000 websites are down worldwide. There appears to be a major DNS, or Domain Name System failure that began shortly after 1100ET. DNS acts as the phone directory of the internet, translating names of websites into IP addresses. 

The problem could be stemming from content delivery company Akamai Technologies. A statement from the company says:

Investigating – 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.