Numerous websites briefly go down in widespread outage

There has been a brief but widespread internet outage that took major websites down

NEW YORK — Major websites went down Thursday in what appeared to be a brief but widespread outage.

Akamai, a major behind-the-scenes internet network company, said the disruption lasted about an hour and that it was due to a software update in the system that directs browsers to websites. It said there was no cyberattack.

The company said it was reviewing how it updates software to try to prevent outages in the future.