Massive Internet blackout: FedEx, Delta and McDonald’s go down

A blanket internet shutdown on Thursday briefly shut 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 disruptions from Akamai and Oracle, two key Internet infrastructure service providers.

However, it is not clear whether Akamai and Oracle’s issues are related to website disruptions.

Oracle said Thursday afternoon that its outage was the result of an Akamai outage.

“We are monitoring a global issue with an Edge DNS Partner that is impacting access to many Internet resources, including Oracle cloud properties,” Oracle said.

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

At approximately 12:50 am 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.

Among the websites affected were Fidelity, the Securities and Exchange Commission document search site, Airbnb, British Airways and others. Most of the sites were back up and running within an hour of the outage.

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