Network Security

NSA blames storm for website outage

The National Security Agency (NSA) blamed a partial shutdown of on a storm.

In a tweet Wednesday, the NSA said a storm on Monday near its headquarters in Ft. Mead, Md., knocked the site offline. The outage occurred around 11 a.m. Monday when links from the NSA homepage stopped working, although the homepage itself remained visible. The entire site was back online by late Tuesday afternoon.

However, the outage occurred just as news was breaking that a group called the Shadow Brokers had posted 300MB of data allegedly pilfered from another group dubbed Equation Group. The latter organization has been loosely tied to the NSA.

A request sent by to the NSA for further details has not yet been answered.

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