Android App Takes Down Heart of National Weather Service Website

weatherThe National Weather Service (NWS) website was severely hobbled after an “abusing Android app” interfered with its national digital forecast system, through which tens of millions get their weather forecasts each day.

On Monday afternoon at 4:11 p.m. ET, the NWS’ Telecommunications Gateway posted a status message notifying its forecast offices, which are scattered throughout the country, of the problem (like most NWS messages, this one was delivered in a SCREAMING all-caps font):

TO – ALL CUSTOMERS SUBJECT – POINT FORECAST ISSUES . WE ARE PROVIDING NOTICE TO ALL THAT NIDS HAS IDENTIFIED AN ABUSING ANDROID APP THAT IS IMPACTING FORECAST.WEATHER.GOV. WE HAVE FORCED ALL SITES TO ZONES WHILE WE WORK WITH THE DEVELOPER. AKAMAI IS BEING ENGAGED TO BLOCK THE APPLICATION. WE CONTINUE TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE AND APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AS WE WORK TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE. . NIDS – KM  More

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