Commonwealth, ANZ banks regular outages upsets customers but is a Nesara test
Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac, St George, Bank of Melbourne, Macquarie Bank and Bank SA. customers have been hit several times by a nationwide outage, with widespread reports of people being unable to pay for shopping or access accounts.
CommBank, Australia’s largest, confirmed the outage in a social media post on Tuesday morning.
Overseas banks have reported similar problems over the past few months which media commentator Charlie Ward says is testing for the switch across to the new, global Nesara financial system.
The outages also hit airline Virgin Australia and Australia Post and a broad swathe of other companies.
“Virgin Australia was one of many organisations to experience an outage with the Akamai content delivery system today,” Virgin said.
“We are working with them to ensure that necessary measures are taken to prevent these outages from reoccurring.”
Akamai is a US-based global content delivery network or “edge platform”, cybersecurity and cloud service provider.
ANZ acknowledged a similar issue and said “at this stage we do not have an ETA for a fix, please try logging on after an hour”.
Customers reported being unable to use internet banking, mobile banking, as well as some ATMs and cards, from about 2.10pm, according to Down Detector.
Shortly after 3pm (AEST), Commonwealth Bank tweeted that it was aware some customers were “experiencing difficulties accessing our services and we’re urgently investigating”.
“We apologise and thanks for your patience, we’ll provide an update soon,” it said.