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.
The company tweeted that the problem has been resolved, and that “service is resuming normal operations.”
Internet outage monitoring platform DownDetector has reported thousands of problems from its users across dozens of platforms.
Earlier, the platform said that the problem was a “partial outage”, and some users reported that they were able to access some of the affected services in different regions.
And when some sites started showing up again for users in Europe and the US, others in Asian countries continued to report problems.
The term DNS is short for Domain Name System or Internet Domain Name System, which converts the addresses of websites that we can read like bbc.com into addresses that point to a computer server somewhere on the Internet.
Often, disruptions mean that the web browser cannot find the content it is looking for.
Other affected services reported by DownDetector include:
- Banks such as: Barclays, Lloyds, Halifax, HSBC.
- Game services such as: Steam, Call of Duty, EA
- Broadcasting services such as ITV.
This is the second widespread internet outage in two months.
Last June, cloud computing provider Fastly experienced a service outage that brought down a large number of major websites around the world, including many international newspapers and government websites.
It later turned out that changing the settings by one client inadvertently affected the entire infrastructure.