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Websites of airlines, banks, tech firms recover from brief global outage

Several airlines, banks and technology websites were coming back online after a brief outage on Thursday afternoon, the third such widespread incident noted in a span of just two months, setting off alarm on social media.

The websites of Delta Air Lines, Costco Wholesale Corp, American Express and Home Depot were down, displaying domain name system (DNS) service errors.

Cloud service provider Akamai Technologies posted an alert on its “Edge DNS” service incident noting a “partial outage” on its website.

“We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current comments, the service is resuming normal operations,” it later said in a tweet.

Oracle Corp. said it is monitoring a global issue related to a cloud-based DNS solution provider affecting access to multiple Internet resources, including its own cloud services.

DNS is a service that translates readable domain names into machine-readable IP addresses, connects it to a server and delivers the requested page to the user’s phone or laptop.

In June, several outages affected social media, government and news websites around the world, with some reports pointing to glitches at US-based cloud computing service providers.

According to outage tracking website DownDetector, about 3,500 users reported problems with Airbnb’s website, while about 1,500 Home Depot users reported problems.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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