Brief, Global Internet Outages Blamed on Software Bug

Akamai, which runs one of the internet's main content-delivery systems, said the outage was not caused by a cyberattack.

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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, flags are raised outside the Hong Kong Exchange Square building in Central of Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange said it was hit by technical problems Thursday as a wave of brief internet outages appeared to hit dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
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BOSTON (AP) — A software bug at a major network provider briefly knocked dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies across the globe offline during peak business hours in Asia. Akamai, which runs one of the internet’s main content-delivery systems, said the outage Thursday was not caused by a cyberattack, but rather a software bug on a service that protects customers against denial-of-service attacks. Many of the 500 affected Akamai customers had their traffic…

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