Some Journalist’s Questions To Clare Curran And The GCSB: What About That Southern Cross Cable Outage On 9 Nov 2012

The biggest ever NZ Internet outage occurred on November 9 2012, when apparently an unauthorised person was able to make unauthorised changes to the software managing the Southern cross cable connection to the wider internet in Sydney.

What’s more, that person could do so without notification and did so with catastrophic consequences. So if I get this correctly, someone with access to the most important Internet hub which I have no doubt is protected by passwords and compulsive ID for those accessing it, made changes to it without the proper authentication or even without notifying people in authority that this would happen. He did it so badly that the entire NZ internet connection dropped out and yet nobody got reprimanded for this.

At the time Clare Curran was the spokes person for IT for the Labour party and she was quoted as follows:

New Zealand Labour IT spokesperson Clare Curran said today that the outage occurred this morning due to an “unauthorised and un-notified software change” made to the wavelength switching platform.

I would like to know how Clare Curran who is vehemently in favor of a spy free internet and will be sure to want to help to get to the bottom of this, knew it was unauthorised and un-notified? I would like to know who gave her that information and how come important internet connections can be accessed by persons unauthorized to change software without any notification? Please Kiwi journalists do you Goddamn job!

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