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Re: Military asking to ISPs to shut down equipment?

  • From: Stephen J. Wilcox
  • Date: Thu Sep 13 11:16:18 2001

I'd be surprised if it were true.. military people are paranoid on
security. I know for instance the UK military entirely operate their own
network which is 100% physically separate and at no points allow it to
fall under civilian control.


On Thu, 13 Sep 2001, Joe Shaw wrote:

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

Stephen J. Wilcox
IP Services Manager, Opal Telecom
Tel: 0161 222 2000
Fax: 0161 222 2008