Major Internet Outages Hit Australian Lenders & Central Bank

17 June 2021

    Australia's central bank, the postal service, several commercial lenders, as well as other companies suffered internet outages on Thursday, disrupting customer services and financial transactions.


    The Reserve Bank of Australia said on Thursday it was canceling its operation to buy long-dated government bonds because of technical difficulties.


    "Due to technical difficulties, today's RBA long-dated open market operations auction has been canceled”, the bank’s dealing page stated.


    Many of the affected websites in Australia, such as those belonging to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, had started to come back online late afternoon on Thursday.


    Websites of major US airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, also experienced disruptions, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.

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