IO had less than 5,000 customers, less than 20 staff, and brought in about a million in revenues per year. Here's a snapshot of the ISP's web v1.0 era website:
Anyone wanna slashdot me? Would be an honor! LOL
Right on to the submitter, screw cameras that only work with a subscription, or a smartphone, or whatever.
This is a pan/tilt camera with no zoom. I've bought 5 of these, and I'm very happy with them. I'm trying to get the neighborhood interested in buying these, so we can have a central website to run a "virtual neighborhood watch" out of, and also have pooled offsite recordings.
They have an embedded web server, and come with basic multi-cam watching/recording s/w for windows. Smartphone app that seems to be cloud-dependent(haven't used that myself). You can retrieve still images and video streams from URLs. Embed the image in your own web page and control all of the functions by clicking buttons/links to shoot command URLs at it. Camera FTP's images upon motion detection. Connect to it with Ethernet or WIFI. With a custom profile, they work with Zoneminder Linux surveillance s/w. Has remote camera and speaker you can use as a baby monitor, or like an intercom. Pretty good night vision, including infra-LEDs. They're meant for indoors, but I've had 3 of them outside for over a year, under the roof eaves, and they're still going strong with the occasional lens cleaning.
Only two complaints: they're really picky about voltages (5v), so Power Over Ethernet isn't stable. Mainly because the motors slurp a lot more power than the camera/networking. Secondly: they all come configured with THE SAME WIRELESS MAC ADDRESS, so you need to use an included configuration utility to fix that, and the Chinglish utility is a biotch to figure out.
I can't believe how much chat there is about this outage, and so little talk about what diagnostics showed the problem was. It was a DNS issue, NOT a general routing issue.
It hit us here in Austin TX. It looked like a DNS outage... but I was using Google DNS. Routing was NOT down... I could still access a selection of web servers by direct IP address, and ping and traceroute. Rebooted my modem and router repeatedly. Modem acquired a link quickly, and status page showed it had a valid configuration. Modem's signal strength dropped from the usual minus-8-ish to minus-6-ish dBmV. Router acquired IP and WAN domain name effortlessly.
I tried OpenDNS, Earthlink, Dell, and some other public DNS servers I have in a list, but they didn't work either. All timed out. I didn't know what TWC's DNS servers were, so I zeroed them out in my router config, then rebooted. Well, DHCP picked up TWC's DNS servers like nothing was wrong. STILL had no working DNS resolution! And I could still access websites by direct IP address. I was also still receiving mail and web traffic to my own servers, though well below usual levels. The email server was rejecting all mail though, since it couldn't verify the sender's domain names.
Exhausted, I gave up and went to bed. Everything was simply working again when I got up.
The evidence suggests that TWC decided to *filter* DNS traffic, possibly even to aggregate and reroute all of it, and they screwed the pooch. I can't think of any legitimate reason they'd need to do this. I think I'm going to go back to running my own DNS server. Not much I can do about state-redirected DNS traffic other than tunnel it through a VPN perhaps.
"an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States."
Yes, and see, they measured it out to be on the order of
"This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long."
Unfortunately, it proves nothing. The recording systems capture EVERY byte coming along the cables and can be used to REPLAY exactly what data went between two points at any time. This means they can go back and re-examine traffic to find hidden transmissions they overlooked before. They don't throw anything out (specifically stating that they keep anything encrypted forever) and longevity is reported as anywhere from 4 days to several years of 100% of the Internet's activity. Reports vary due to being what the system was capable of at the time, probably. The UT center probably won't be full until your kids are out of diapers and graduating high school.
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