Several major websites go down in a widespread outage

Several major websites were briefly shut down on Thursday, including companies like FedEx, UPS, Airbnb, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

WASHINGTON – A widespread internet blackout briefly hit several major websites in the United States on Thursday.

According to Downdetector, which monitors the performance of websites and web-connected tools and machines, there has been a spike in webpages having issues, including a wide range of companies like FedEx, UPS, Airbnb, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Akamai, a content delivery network, said around 12:50 a.m. Eastern Time that it had resolved the issue with the outage. Earlier, he said he was investigating “an emerging issue with the Edge DNS service”. He added that he was actively investigating the matter.

Some web pages started having problems just after 11:00 am ET and displayed error messages that said “Service Unavailable – DNS Failed” or “Internal Server Error – Read”.

On its website, Delta explained that it “is currently working to resolve a technological issue that is affecting many global websites, including delta.com and the Fly Delta app.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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