Downdetector also flagged issues with Fidelity, USAA, UPS, Home Depot, Southwest Airlines, Costco, and Amazon‘s websites from around midday on Thursday afternoon.
Agencies affected include: Steam Newegg, LastPass, Charles Schwab, Akamai Ally, Discover, Draftkings, the McDonald’s app, Expedia, Concur, Google, JP Morgan Chase, and Groupon.
The Olympic Games websites were reportedly intermittently down – just hours before the Opening Ceremony – as thousands of other retail, financial, and travel websites battled technical problems.
In addition to the site issues, there was a nationwide 911 outage detected along the Eastern Coast in states like Virginia and Illinois.
Affected areas include Charlottesville, VA, where Rockbridge County Fire-Rescue and Emergency Management confirmed there were multi-state issues.
Community members there were instructed to to call (540) 572-4200 or text 911 in case of an emergency, while residents of Lexington and Buena Vista were also impacted, reported WFXR.
Additionally, at around 12.10PM ET, it was reported that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website and company filings page were experiencing similar online issues.
Likewise, Akamai Technologies Inc in Cambridge, Massachusetts, reported an outage with their global content delivery network’s Edge DNS service.
The Akamai Blog noted that this affects several websites worldwide.
“We are actively investigating the issue,” their statement read. “If you have questions or are experiencing impact due to this issue, please contact Akamai Technical Support.
“In the interest of time, we are providing you the most current information available, which is subject to changes, corrections, and updates.”
Problems are shared on the blog when problems with Akamai’s Edge DNS or Global Traffic Management services “are at risk of impacting a major section of our customer base.”
BBVA, Banco Santander, and Scotiabank Mexico were among those affected but at 12.55pm ET, Akamai confirmed that normal operations had resumed after the significant service disruption.
Additionally, tech giant Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure website was also impacted today but it hasn’t been confirmed yet if these issues are connected to the widespread outage.
However, it’s not just US agencies and companies that are affected by an outage this afternoon.
A French outlet called franceinfo revealed that their app and website are inaccessible in a Twitter statement that coincided with the mass outages in America.
“Due to a technical problem, our site and our application are unavailable. Our technical teams are mobilized to restore the situation,” read their tweet.