AXIOS February 23, 2024
Sam Sabin

AT&T says Thursday’s outage which left thousands of customers without service and unable to call 911, was “not a cyber attack,” the company believes.

Why it matters: Despite threats from nation-state hackers in China and Russia, it’s still statistically more likely that a network outage would be caused by misconfigurations or faulty settings.

  • The FCC, DHS and the FBI were reportedly all investigating the incident on Thursday, which may have led people to assume it was a cyberattack.
  • White House spokesperson John Kirby said there was “no reason” to think the incident was due to a cybersecurity issue, although AT&T is still investigating the root cause.
  • “We are continuing our assessment of today’s outage,” AT&T’s website said late Thursday...

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