Feeds

Reply-all email lightning storm STRIKES TWICE at Cisco

MILLIONS of time-wasting messages bounce around network giant

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Cisco is tackling another email storm today, just weeks after its servers were deluged with millions of "reply-all" messages being sent by the networking giant's staff - with many requesting they be removed from the list.

The Register has heard from Cisco workers who are currently in the, er, eye of the storm, which is apparently even bigger than the last one to hit the company, back in September.

Others have taken to Twitter to moan about the latest reply-all emails to jam up their work accounts.

As Cisco's principal cloud engineer Kyle Mestery noted: "Nothing like a massive, completely unnecessary email storm on a Wednesday morning. Is email really this hard for people to use?"

He added:

Cisco could not be reached for comment at time of writing. Readers may recall it was a little shy about responding to our last story when the firm's previous email storm struck.

El Reg is trying to corroborate claims that the latest "reply-all" email to have crippled productivity at Cisco was sent out to a whopping 34,562 employees at the company.

Just as night follows day, some of those staffers committed the mortal sin of hitting reply all to the reply-all message requesting to be removed from the list.

Other staffers than piled in by berating the "idiots" who failed to realise they were creating yet another email storm.

It's unclear - given the last costly fiasco that was estimated at $600,000 - why Cisco's sysadmins hadn't learned from their mistakes by applying a restricted senders' list to prevent chaotic, productivity-sucking reply-all emails from being sent.

Naturally, El Reg is seeking an answer to that question.

Do you work at Cisco? Are you tired of email storms? Want to talk to us in confidence about the latest saga? Then get in touch – click the author's name at the top of this story. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.