(AP) – A wave of brief internet outages hit the websites and apps of dozens of financial institutions, airlines, and other companies around the world on Thursday.
The Hong Kong Stock Exchange announced in a post on Twitter on Thursday afternoon, Hong Kong time, that its website was facing technical problems and was being investigated. 17 minutes later, another post stated that his websites were back to normal.
Internet monitoring sites like ThousandEyes, Downdetector.com, and fing.com showed dozens of glitches, including among US airlines.
Many of the outages were reported by people in Australia trying to do banking, booking flights, and accessing postal services.
Australia Post, the country’s postal service, said on Twitter that an “external outage” had impacted a number of its services and that most of the services had come back online but were still being monitored and investigated.
Many services were up in about an hour, but the affected companies said they were working overtime to avoid further problems.
Banking services have been severely impacted, with Westpac, the Commonwealth, ANZ and St. George down as well as the Reserve Bank of Australia website.
Most of the services have been restored.
Virgin Australia said flights operated largely as planned after restoring access to its website and guest contact center.
“Virgin Australia was one of many organizations that experienced an Akamai content delivery system failure today,” it said. “We are working with them to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to prevent these failures from recurring.”
Akamai serves some of the world’s largest corporations and banks as customers.
Calls to Akamai, which is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts but has global services, went unanswered.
The disruptions came just days after many of the world’s leading websites went offline for a short time due to a software problem at Fastly, another major web services company. The company blamed a software bug that was triggered when a customer changed a setting.
Brief outages of Internet services are not uncommon and are rarely the result of hacking or other nonsense. However, the outages have underscored the importance of a small number of businesses behind the scenes to the operation of the Internet.