Cisco networks went down today

How ironic (and admit it, kinda funny) is this? The world’s premiere networking company was frozen today when its own networks went down, apparently from network configuration changes that didn’t go well:

Not a great start to the day for Cisco employees, many of which are struggling in the face of an internal IT outage.
The technology and networking giant confirmed in a tweet it was “aware of some disruption” to its IT systems and is “working” on restoring the network.
Worse, the company’s corporate blog also went kaput. For a period, Cisco’s blog was displaying the default WordPress install page. But at the time of publication, the blog had been restored.
Some customers were unable to login through Cisco’s single sign-on. Others couldn’t access its downloads page, nor could they access the company’s learning portal. And, some were unable to access its security advisories. But some of Cisco’s services, such as Webex, did not appear affected by the outage.

As if to add insult to injury, Cisco’s stock price took a big hit today as Goldman Sachs downgraded the company.

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  1. December 17, 2020

    Canada experienced a nationwide outage of 5G mobile telephony and data services starting at 19:43 UTC today.  The wireless broadband service, increasingly used by mobile phones and data services, shut down all across the country within a period of around ten seconds according to network logs.  Access points continue to transmit signals and accept connections, but no packets are transmitted or received.  Some networks continue to operate, but have lost connectivity to others.

    Telecommunications carriers reported the outage seems to be due to 5G infrastructure nodes supplied by Chinese firm Huawei, the world leader in 5G gear for telecommunication carriers and supplier of most 5G hardware installed in Canada.  A Huawei spokesman, asked whether the outage was related to the Conservative prime minister’s expression of support for Hong Kong freedom demonstrators killed and injured in violent reprisals by police, said, “So sorry.  Cannot comment on politics.”

    There is no estimate when 5G service will be restored.

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  2. John Walker:
    A Huawei spokesman, asked whether the outage was related to the Conservative prime minister’s expression of support for Hong Kong freedom demonstrators killed and injured in violent reprisals by police, said, “So sorry.  Cannot comment on politics.”

    Trudeau is conservative? I guess by Chicom standards…

    Maybe buying stuff from Huawei is not the most brilliant plan, Canadia.

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