CM – Airlines and banks hit global power outages after the Putin-Biden summit


The websites of several US airlines, including American, Southwest, United and Delta – as well as those of other companies and financial institutions – went up on Thursday, hours after the summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which the two of them talked about Ending Cyber ​​Attacks Discussed.

In the second global internet outage in as many weeks, more than 1,000 user reports pointed to problems at Southwest, with over 400 reports indicating the same thing for Delta, Reuters reported, citing website tracker Downdetector. com.

On Wednesday, Southwest canceled nearly 300 flights and delayed more than 500 a day after being forced to temporarily cease operations due to a computer glitch.

Meanwhile, Downdetector reported that e-trade websites, ADP, Navy Federal Credit Union, Discover and Vanguard had problems.

The Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. and Australia’s central bank also received a short term on Thursday, Bloomberg News reported.

Some of the defaults, including those of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corp and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., were related to an outage at Akamai Technologies Inc., which helps customers manage web services, sources familiar with the matter said Bloomberg.

The outages were reminiscent of the global outage on June 8, which, according to the news agency, was triggered by a software error in the content delivery platform Fastly Inc.

This incident affected, among others, some Amazon sites, Shopify, Stripe, Twitch, Reddit, the homepage the British government, the New York Times and CNN, NPR reported.

At the summit in Geneva, Switzerland, Putin said he and Biden had « reached an agreement to start negotiations » to curb cybercrime. </ But during his solo press conference after their meeting, the strong man claimed that the US was responsible for more cybercrime than the motherland – and ignored the fact Russian criminals are suspected of being responsible for the recent hacks.

The new cascading outages served as a powerful reminder, according to Bloomberg, of the vulnerability of the world’s largest websites to the effects of disruption caused by human error up to cyberattacks.

Akamai told Bloomberg News in a statement that it was “actively working to get services back as soon as possible.” Chris Nicholson, a spokesman for the Massachusetts-based IT company, said in a statement to NPR, « Akamai can confirm that the affected segment of our Prolexic platform is up and running and that we are continuing to validate services. » Nicholson added, « We will provide more details about what happened, but ours The first priority is to ensure that any impact on the customer is mitigated. ”

Many of the sites affected were in on Thursday back online within an hour, some after being redirected to other vendors, the point of sale reported. « The disruption in connectivity did not affect our operations, » Southwest told Bloomberg, who said it was unclear what caused the outages have.

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