The more than two-hour blackout of a 'significant' number of Bloomberg data terminals in Europe and Asia Friday wasn’t caused by terrorism or a natural disaster — but, according to a report, possibly by soda spilled by a clumsy IT worker.
The New York Post reports that was the chatter inside Bloomberg’s London offices after service was restored Friday, after almost two-and-a-half hours of no service, according to a Business Insider report.
Employees in Bloomberg’s London offices, where the newsroom and television operations are located, were said to be buzzing about 'someone spilling a can of Coke on a server somewhere', a source told Business Insider, which first reported the possible cause of the tech meltdown.
Bloomberg, however, said that: 'We experienced a combination of hardware and software failures in the network, which caused an excessive volume of network traffic. This led to customer disconnections as a result of the machines being overwhelmed. We discovered the root cause quickly, isolated the faulty hardware, and restarted the software. We are reviewing our multiple redundant systems, which failed to prevent this disruption',
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