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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    jason, 4 Oct 2007 @ 1:53pm

    oh come on...

    is the writer / summarizer of this article unable to read? it quite clearly says that they discovered the problem at 3pm pacific, which would be 6pm eastern. between this and the new zune article where techdirt proclaims that bill gates is the CEO, i am losing faith in this site actually knowing their collective asses from holes in the ground. you are reporting on technology stuff -- at least know what you're talking about, please! simple math confuses you, company titles are meaningless.... anything else i should know so i can remove this site from my RSS feed once and for all?

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