Internet outage hits major companies and Olympics websites

Internet outage hits major companies and Olympics websites

A major internet outage caused servers for several major websites to go down on Thursday, including the Tokyo Olympics webpage.

Reports of accessibility problems involved the websites for Sony's PlayStation Network, booking services such as Airbnb, and banks such as Capital One and American Express. Most of the spikes began at roughly 11:40 a.m. EDT, according to DownDetector.com. Most of the affected websites appeared to be operational again as of Thursday afternoon.

Akamai Technologies, the operator of one of the world's most vital content delivery networks, reported a problem with its service at around 12:10 p.m. EDT. Akamai updated its Edge DNS status page, noting that "we are aware of an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service."

Akamai's Twitter account updated at 12:47 p.m. EDT to announce it had found a fix and that operations were returning to normal. The operator later said the outage was not due to a cyberattack.

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The Tokyo Olympics website and app experienced intermittent down periods on Thursday, according to a local NBC affiliate. The opening ceremonies are set to take place on Friday.

The outage may have affected 911 emergency systems, as several municipal governments, including Buckingham County, Virginia, reported technical difficulties on Thursday.

The sheriff's department of Grayson County, Virginia, reported an outage, but it later said that it stemmed from a fiber cut that has now been fixed.

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The Washington Examiner contacted media officials for the Tokyo Olympics but did not immediately receive a response.

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