Major websites around the world are down for the second time in two months

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A number of major websites were down Thursday, due to a worldwide outage.

Visitors trying to access some of these sites receive messages that there are errors related to Internet domain names, or the so-called DNS.

Affected services included Airbnb, the US company that operates an online marketplace for lodging, UPS Parcels and Supplies, HSBC, British Airways, and the PlayStation Network used for online games.

Internet domain name service provider Akamai reported a “growing problem” with its Edge DNS service.

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