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Akamai Outage pulls larger sites offline globally

Akamai Outage pulls larger sites offline globally

A power outage at Akamai turned off the lights on the sites of many of the world’s largest and most important sites on Thursday morning, making them completely inaccessible.

There were no messages or error codes indicating why sites were down, so visitors were left in the dark just like the sites they were trying to visit.

The reason was that Akamai Edge and the GTM service experienced a power outage that brought some of the most popular sites in the world down, bringing banking, gaming and news sites to a standstill.

Major Akamai disruption breaks down large places

News sites, banks, travel sites, and major gaming sites were reported by users to be down.


Continue reading below is currently down. We’ll investigate the cause and post an update here once the issue is resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience.

– Airbnb Help (@AirbnbHelp) July 22, 2021

This is causing a huge power outage across Europe and the United States. In the Netherlands, none of the major banks are available. No one can make online payments at this time. Hopefully this is resolved soon.

– Ramonster (@ hellbringer20) July 22, 2021

A variety of online services are currently down, including PlayStation Network, Steam and Fortnite.

– IGN (@IGN) July 22, 2021

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

The purpose of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is to deliver sites quickly to users from data servers located near site visitors trying to reach a site.


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CDNs also provide a layer of security and defense against hackers and other malicious actors who may be trying to hack a website.

However, CDNs are increasingly experiencing temporary bugs, resulting in thousands of sites going offline.

According to the DownDetector website accessibility website, Akamai CDN Service has experienced a number of outages.

The Akamai site itself has not acknowledged any of the interruptions noticed by this site, although it did post an update on it from today.

Apart from the outcome today, it took place no later than 17 June 2021 and the year before 17 July 2020.

Akamai reported interruption

The outcome began at approx. 9 to 10 Eastern time

Akamai reported a problem sometime after 1 p.m. 12 eastern time via Twitter:

Akamai is experiencing a service disruption. We are actively investigating the issue and will provide an update within 30 minutes. ”

Then tweeted 15 minutes later that they had found a solution to the problem:

“We have implemented a solution to this problem, and based on current observations, the service resumes normal operation. We will continue to monitor to ensure that the impact is fully mitigated. ”

We have implemented a solution to this issue, and based on current observations, the service resumes normal operation. We will continue to monitor to ensure that the impact is fully mitigated.

– Akamai Technologies (@Akamai) July 22, 2021


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Akamai confirmed in a subsequent tweet that the outcome was not due to malicious activities against it.

“We continue to monitor the situation and can confirm that this was not the result of a cyber attack on the Akamai platform.”

An official status report on the Akamai website itself says that the problem has been remedied.

Edge DNS Service Incident

Incident report for Akamai Edge DNS and GTM

This incident has been remedied. ”

Except that there is no word what the problem was about, whether it was related to an update, hardware failure, or simple human error.

It is ironic that a web service that is meant to keep a site online turns out to be the one that takes down so many sites, far more than any hacking event.


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There was a 340% increase in web attacks on games in 2020.

– Akamai Technologies (@Akamai) July 22, 2021

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