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Re: Military asking to ISPs to shut down equipment?

  • From: Joe Shaw
  • Date: Thu Sep 13 11:01:22 2001

On Thu, 13 Sep 2001, Seth M. Kusiak wrote:

> [Stuff Deleted]
> We just received a call from our ISP that they were contacted by Quest
> Communications who is a major National ISP who in tern was contacted by the
> Military and were asked to shut down a lot of their equipment connecting
> clients to the Internet so that there would be more bandwidth. Other ISP
> supposedly received the same call.
> Get ready for a big outage....
> [More Stuff Deleted]

Well, back in 1999 I was courting Qwest for a new DS3, because they had
facilities in the building I was in.  When I asked for a list of peers I
was told I would have to sign an NDA to find that out, to which I replied
I'd find out either way, it would only matter if I got the infor from them
or did the research myself.  They then started telling me about this super
secret OC-192 network they were building for the government, but being
sales critters I took it very lightly.  It's possible that Qwest could be
having problems that may be causing problems with that network, if it
exists, but I'm highly suspicious of e-mails saying that the Army wants
people to shut down.

Joseph W. Shaw II
Network Security Specialist/CCNA
Unemployed.  Will hack for food.  God Bless.
Apparently I'm overqualified but undereducated to be employed.