Multiple airlines and Banks in Australia, US hit by internet outage

Major banks and airlines in Australia and the United States suffered brief online outages Thursday, with several blaming an “external provider” for the disruption.

Most of Australia’s major financial firms reported customers could not access websites and mobile apps, while website Downdetector said a slew of US airlines were also affected.

American, Delta, United and Southwest airlines were among them, although all four websites appeared to be working shortly after.

A spokesperson for ANZ bank told AFP that the incident was “related to an external provider” but that “connectivity was restored quickly and the most impacted services are back online”.

Australia’s largest financial firm Commonwealth Bank told AFP that it and many of the country’s major banks had been affected.

Westpac and ME Bank also reported problems with their mobile apps or online banking products, while customers for St. George and several regional banks reported they were down too.

Airline Virgin Australia posted to Twitter: “We are currently experiencing a system outage which is impacting our website and Guest Contact Centre.”

Australia Post, the country’s postal service, said some services were hit by an “external outage”.

Earlier this month major US media and government websites, including the White House, New York Times, Reddit and Amazon were temporarily down after a glitch with cloud computing services provider Fastly.