By Jonathan Barrett
(Reuters) – Australia’s central bank, the postal service and several commercial lenders, as well as other companies, grappled with 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-term government bonds due to technical difficulties.
“Due to technical difficulties, today’s RBA long-term open market auction has been canceled,” the bank said on its trading page on Thursday.
Many of the affected websites in Australia, such as those owned by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (OTC :), Westpac banking (NYSE 🙂 Corp and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, had started getting back online late Thursday afternoon.
Websites of major US airlines, American Airlines (NASDAQ :), Southwest Airlines (NYSE :), United Airlines
It was not immediately clear whether the outages in Australia and the United States were related.
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