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Failures in important websites

New York (CNN Business) – A major internet outage on Thursday briefly took down a wide range of major corporate websites, from FedEx and Delta Airlines to HSBC and McDonald’s.

The outages coincided with reports of system outages from Akamai and Oracle, two key Internet infrastructure service providers.
However, it is unclear if the Akamai (AKAM) and Oracle (ORCL) issues are related to website outages.

Oracle said Thursday afternoon that its outage was the result of Akamai’s service outage.

“We are monitoring a global issue related to a partner DNS Edge that is affecting access to many Internet resources, including Oracle’s cloud properties,” Oracle said.

Akamai’s Edge DNS service helps route web browsers to their correct destinations and also provides a security service.

At approximately 12:50 pm ET, Akamai said, “We 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 the impact has been fully mitigated.”

Affected websites include Fidelity, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s document search site, Airbnb, British Airways and others. Most of the sites were back online in less than an hour after the outage began.

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