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Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2013

NSA data center in Utah experiencing electrical surges like a ‘flash of lighting’ resulting in 10 meltdowns

The National Security Agency’s massive Utah Data Center has reportedly been suffering from technology meltdowns for months, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Ten meltdowns have occurred in the last 13 months, according to the WSJ based on documents obtained.

Electrical surges are apparently preventing the spy agency from using its computers with one official describing it as “a flash of lightning inside a two-foot box.”

“The failures that occurred during testing have been mitigated,” NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines said. “A project of this magnitude requires stringent management, oversight and testing before the government accepts any building.”

Backup generators have failed numerous tests, according to project documents, and officials disagree about whether the cause is understood. There are also disagreements among government officials and contractors over the adequacy of the electrical control systems, a project official said, and the cooling systems also remain untested.

The Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing the data center’s construction. Chief of Construction Operations, Norbert Suter said, the cause of the electrical issues was identified by the team, and is currently being corrected by the contractor.” He said the Corps would ensure the center is “completely reliable” before handing it over to the NSA.

But another government assessment concluded the contractor’s proposed solutions fall short and the causes of eight of the failures haven’t been conclusively determined. “We did not find any indication that the proposed equipment modification measures will be effective in preventing future incidents,” said a report last week by special investigators from the Army Corps of Engineers known as a Tiger Team.

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  1. Edward Snowden lied and ‘asked’ NSA colleagues for login passwords to gain access to more classified data - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Massive Utah Data Center having meltdowns […]

  2. Brandt Hardin says:

    The dystopian fantasies of yesteryear are now a reality. We’ve allowed the coming of an age where the civil liberties our forefathers fought so hard for are being eroded by the day. Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly are mere ghostly images of their original intent. We’ve woken up to an Orwellian Society of Fear where anyone is at the mercy of being labeled a terrorist for standing up for rights we took for granted just over a decade ago. Read about how we’re waging war against ourselves at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html

  3. Guy says:

    Cutting into to old profits is there?

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