Major banks in Australia and US airlines were struck by one-hour online outages last Thursday, June 17. American, Delta, United, and Southwest were among the affected airlines in the US. Firms in other countries experienced the same trouble as well. The outages that started at around 2:17 p.m. Sydney time caused major problems in Australia because of its mid-afternoon timing. Among those who reported problems in their online services were banks in New Zealand and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. An Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) spokesperson said that the issue is “related to an external provider” but “connectivity was restored quickly and the most impacted services are back online.” The root cause of the wide-range outages has been traced to US-based tech provider Akamai.

“Our priority is restoring service as quickly as possible. We will share additional information as it becomes available,” a spokesperson from Akamai declared. The recent incident has drawn attention to the stability of important online platforms and services, as well as cybersecurity. Last May, ransomware attacks in several companies in the US stirred worry among businesses. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had cybersecurity issues as their top agenda during their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland last June 16.