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Dozens of national and international websites are experiencing problems on Thursday evening.

Not only sites of the police, NS, Albert Heijn and the


, but also services of Rabobank and ABN AMRO are difficult to reach.

This concerns websites of, among others, media, banks and organisations.

DPG Media sites, including NU.nl and those of

de Volkskrant

and many regional titles, also seem less accessible than usual.

Furthermore, the websites of Zalando, Funda and Airbnb are experiencing problems.

In addition, some foreign websites are difficult or impossible to reach.

The outage affects FedEx, UPS and Amazon, among others.

Also, the American emergency number 911 would largely be out along the west coast.

The problems are probably caused by a malfunction at the internet company Akamai, which normally ensures that websites are accessible to people worldwide.

The company's status page reports an outage: "We are investigating the issue."

A similar outage occurred a month ago at the company Fastly, which also left many sites unreachable for a while.