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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
    John Duncan Yoyo, 4 Oct 2007 @ 5:55am

    Re: Govt Employees

    Any one working in the DC area can tell you the horrors of a DC morning commute if you are much later than 7am and the afternoon commute is no fun after about 2:30. DC is fighting it's way up the bad commute list to right behind LA.

    There should be support by telecommuters or the regular workers who are home already. Much of the work on these computer jobs can be done from anywhere with a fast connection and a computer.

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