Feds Accidentally Turn Off California Gov't Websites

from the sorry-about-that dept

Every once in a while you hear stories of companies having problems with their domain names, often because someone forgot to re-register the domain name or possibly because of a routing problem. However, you don't really expect that to happen to a government website. However, after a California county agency had its gov't website hacked, the feds back in Washington DC accidentally turned off all of the ca.gov domain, causing quite a bit of confusion among California state gov't employees. It gets even better. Apparently, it happened around noon Pacific Time which is 3pm back on the east coast. Yet, as the article notes: "Unfortunately that was about 3 in the afternoon and folks back East were already going home, so it took us some time to get hold of the right people in the General Service Administration to get this address reinstated." Sure, I can understand time zone differences... but 3pm isn't exactly quitting time. Must be great to be a government employee, huh? Shut down an entire state government's email and web domains without realizing it... and head out the door by 3pm.
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  1. identicon
    Overcast, 4 Oct 2007 @ 5:53am

    Well, the government agency I used to work for had 2 or 3 good Fed workers in IT. The rest, when they were even in (They get like 6 months paid leave if they can come up with a medical excuse), were sleeping in their offices.

    The funny part was, one of the 'LAN Admins' that worked for the government actually insisted she fix a problem on a workstation. After 15 minutes, she finally figured out the user couldn't print, because, well - no printers were set up on the machine. It took - and I kid you not - 30 minutes for her to figure out how to add a printer to the workstation from the Netware print queue.

    I suspected all the workstation needed was a reboot, actually.. lol

    But I do admit, some of them were really good at what they did, but I only mean *some*. The majority didn't have a clue.

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