A malfunction at an American tech company has shut down a large number of websites worldwide for about an hour. In the Netherlands, this involved the websites and sometimes also apps of banks, newspapers and delivery services, among others. The sites of Rabobank, ING and ABN-Amro, NS, Albert Heijn, Funda, Trouw, AD and Nu.nl, among others, were unreachable in the afternoon. Police.nl was also down.
The cause was a malfunction at Akamai, an American company that ensures that websites are quickly accessible worldwide. Akamai announced around 7 p.m. that the issues had been resolved. At the beginning of June, a similar malfunction hit Akamai competitor Fastly.
Akamai is known for its reliability, reports internet expert Bert Hubert. “These kind of failures never happen there.”
International websites affected by the outage included online store Amazon, streaming service HBO Max and US airline Delta.
‘Not related to DDos attacks’
The failure does not seem to be related to the DDoS attack that currently affects the GGD, says NOS tech editor Joost Schellevis. “There is no indication for this yet, but nothing can be ruled out.”
According to Schellevis, Akamai has never had to deal with such a massive outage before. “I am surprised that this company is being affected.”