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After 4 hours AT and T restores service:

(Reuters) – February 22 AT&T (T.N), opens a new tab, said late Thursday that an outage that disrupted calls and text messages for thousands of US consumers and spurred federal inquiries was not the result of a cyberattack.
The provider had restored wireless service to all affected customers several hours after an outage that affected over 70,000 users at its peak. “Based on our initial review, we believe that today’s outage was caused by the application and execution of an incorrect process while we were expanding our network,” the cellphone carrier stated on its website.

According to White House spokesperson John Kirby, the FBI and DHS are investigating the AT&T outage. CISA is a Department of Homeland Security organisation.
“We’re told AT&T has no reason to believe this was a cyber or security incident,” said Kirby, adding that the FCC was in contact with the business. “But the bottom line is we don’t have all the answers,” he replied when asked about the cause of the outages. AT&T declined to comment on the FCC’s examination of the event.

The company did not provide more information on the cause of the outage or the number of affected users.
AT&T shares fell 2.4% in midday trading. According to the tracking website Downdetector.com, the number of outage incidents had reached around 3,255 at 2:47 p.m. ET (1947 GMT).

The FBI also said that they were in contact with the corporation regarding the network failure.  in US “Should we learn of any malicious activity, we will respond accordingly,” it added in a statement.
Doug Madory, director of internet analysis firm Kentik, said it was unclear from the outside what had happened within within&T, but he did not believe it was the consequence of malevolent activity. “I’m sceptical this was some kind of an attack,” he added in a phone interview. “Most of these things end up being some kind of a software push that got screwed up somehow.” According to government ministries’ statements on the X social media site, the outage impacted people’s ability to reach emergency services by dialling 911. 

“We are aware of an issue that prevents AT&T wireless customers from making and receiving phone calls (including to 911),” the San Francisco Fire Department stated on X.

The Prince William County Police Department in Virginia and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina also issued remarks on the platform.
Verizon (VZ.N), T-Mobile (TMUS.O), and UScellular (USM.N) users all experienced interruptions, although they were less severe than AT&T complaints, according to Downdetector. The other firms stated that their network was operational and that the disruption was likely caused by users attempting to connect to other networks. Senator Rick Scott of Florida stated in a post on X that he has called AT&T for an update.

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