Online Advocacy’s Greatest Enemy: An Errant Truck

Just got word via an email list that Green Media Toolshed’s site went down yesterday, and after the Convio hacking incident a couple of weeks ago, speculation immediately began in some quarters that nefarious happenings were afoot. Turns out, the culprit was a semi-truck, which knocked over a utility pole and knocked out a transformer (the power-grid kind, not the robot kind) in Texas, which in turn started a chain of events that ended up taking down a bunch of sites hosted by server provider Rackspace. Forget Russian hackers — it looks as though trucks will now join backhoes as the great enemy of online communications.


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Colin Delany
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