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A widespread internet outage caused the shutdown of several major websites on Thursday afternoon, including Amazon, Delta, Capital One and Costco.
It is still unclear what caused the outage, but Akamai, a content delivery network that assists in delivering data to the Internet, posted online that there was an “emerging issue” with its Edge DNS service. . A DNS, or domain name service, matches the name of a website with its IP address. If DNS fails, it becomes impossible to find and connect to a website by name.
At approximately 1:13 p.m. ET, the site was reading “all operating systems.”
Contacted by NPR, Akamai said, “We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations.”
Akamai also confirmed that the outage was not due to a cyber attack.