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Nationwide Reports of Brief 911 System Outages, Cause Not Immediately Clear; Law enforcement in multiple cities and counties in at least four states tweeted their emergency number was down for about an hour
NBC New York ^ | 09/28/2020

Posted on 09/28/2020 8:40:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Law enforcement agencies across the country reported brief outages of their 911 systems Monday night, and it was not immediately clear if there was a connection with a major Microsoft system outage.

Law enforcement agencies around the country, from Nevada to Pennsylvania and Arizona to Minnesota, tweeted that their 911 systems were down beginning sometime after 7 p.m. ET. Multiple reports indicated outages throughout Delaware and Ohio as well.

By 8:15 p.m., many of those departments reported that their services had come back online. Others were still recommending that people call local department numbers instead of the emergency line.

The NYPD said it was aware of the outages, and the possible link to the Microsoft situation, but said its own 911 systems were up and running.

On a status page for its cloud services, the software giant acknowledged a widespread systems issue and said "Any user may experience access problems for Microsoft 365 services." (The city government of Microsoft's own hometown of Redmond, Washington said municipal phones were down due to the company's outage.)

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 202009; 20200928; 911; 911system; cloud; cyberattack; cybersecurity; cyberwarfare; emergencyservices; isolatedincidents; microsoft; microsoft365; nationalsecurity; outage; vulnerability
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1 posted on 09/28/2020 8:40:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Police across the country from Nevada to Pennsylvania reported the problem and urging people to call local numbers if they had an emergency.

911 OUTAGES: Police departments across the country, including here in the Philadelphia region are reporting 911 outages on Monday night. https://t.co/YPtWwOoWul

— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) September 29, 2020

Minneapolis direct dial for 911 is 612.348.2345. pic.twitter.com/Obgy1yz1Cj

— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) September 28, 2020

911 services are down in the City of Tucson. If you need to make an emergency call, dial 520-372-8011. We will let you know when 911 is back online. pic.twitter.com/aDfAIX3yDU

— Tucson Police Dept (@Tucson_Police) September 28, 2020


2 posted on 09/28/2020 8:41:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Many of the systems have since come back on line, but some locations are still asking people to use local numbers instead of 911, so as not to overload the line.

At the same time, there’s been a major Microsoft system outage, according to NBC.

On a status page for its cloud services, the software giant acknowledged a widespread systems issue and said “Any user may experience access problems for Microsoft 365 services.” (The city government of Microsoft’s own hometown of Redmond, Washington said municipal phones were down due to the company’s outage.)

The Microsoft outage prevented users from accessing some of the company’s most widely used services, including Office.com, Outlook.com, and Teams. Some of the problem has since resolved, although some on the west coast are still suffering issues.

On top of that, Universal Health Services, one of the nation’s largest health care providers, has been suffering a massive cyberattack since Sunday, knocking them offline and crippling operations in many of their hospitals with their computers down across their systems. They have 26 acute care hospitals, 328 behavioral health facilities and 42 outpatient facilities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.K.

It’s unclear if the various things are related yet.

3 posted on 09/28/2020 8:42:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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Law enforcement agencies around the country, from Nevada to Pennsylvania and Arizona to Minnesota, tweeted that their 911 systems were down beginning sometime after 7 p.m. ET.
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I guess we just tweet if we need them......


4 posted on 09/28/2020 8:42:39 PM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizens Are Born Here of Citizen Parents|Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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I heard they changed the number to 0118 999 881 99 9119 725....3.


5 posted on 09/28/2020 8:43:08 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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ibtpojfa


6 posted on 09/28/2020 8:43:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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RE: ibtpojfa

Is that ET trying to contact us? :)


7 posted on 09/28/2020 8:44:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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8 posted on 09/28/2020 8:46:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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The IT Crowd


9 posted on 09/28/2020 8:51:54 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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Good thing I’m not paranoid or I might start to believe crazy ideas. Like, maybe this was a test, or a proof of capability that someone could take down 911. That is, before certain parties committed to other courses of action. Things we may not see until early November...


10 posted on 09/28/2020 9:05:13 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps
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New meaning for Blue Screen of Death...


11 posted on 09/28/2020 9:18:02 PM PDT by matthew fuller (No more Fox News- it's now SOROS/FOX As The World Turns.....)
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Amazon AWS has excellent failover options.

It’s the best cloud solution to build on.


12 posted on 09/28/2020 9:38:32 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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I half-way expect everything to go dark on Nov 3.


13 posted on 09/28/2020 9:41:44 PM PDT by JustaTech (A mind is a terrible thing)
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There was supposed to be a major solar storm today, causing the Aurora Borealis to be seen in northern states. It is possible that the widespread 911 outages were caused by the storm.

Solar storms can be serious business.

See: September 1859 geomagnetic storm
 

14 posted on 09/28/2020 9:55:03 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie (Guide me, O thou great redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land.)
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Are the 911 systems all linked nation-wide?


15 posted on 09/28/2020 10:51:25 PM PDT by John Leland 1789
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What is the number for social wokers?


16 posted on 09/28/2020 10:58:25 PM PDT by rainee (Her)
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It’s kind of suspicious, especially with Microsoft involved. Gates is deep state.


17 posted on 09/28/2020 11:27:44 PM PDT by doc maverick
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I had no idea that all the 911 call systems were connected. I always assumed each 911 center was connected to the local switching area and were separate. I see no possible reason they should be interconnected since each 911 center only handles their immediate area.

Regardless of how or why this should be a wake up call.

If you can knock out so many 911 centers by just attacking one location then things need to change.


18 posted on 09/29/2020 3:07:48 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I am not an expert in anything, and my opinion is just that, an opinion. I may be wrong.)
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To: John Leland 1789

No, but cloud services could be.


19 posted on 09/29/2020 4:18:19 AM PDT by jimjohn (The 2nd American Civil War began shortly after 12:00 noon on January 20, 2017)
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It appears it was longer than an hour here in Northern Nevada.


20 posted on 09/29/2020 4:22:30 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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