“Access to this site has been denied in accordance with Navy policy to safeguard the security posture and/or to maintain the operational integrity of the NMCI.”
This was the message encountered on Friday by Navy corpsmen when trying to access FoxNews.com via the Navy’s internet system. Other news sites during this time, including the New York Times, were also inaccessible through the Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI.) MSNBC and CNN, however, did not present the same problem.
The Fox outage was not uniformly present throughout NMCI. Marines at the pentagon reported no disruption on Friday and no one is really sure why the site was temporarily prohibited.
Lt. Justin Cole, a Navy spokesman, initially told FoxNews.com Friday morning that “there’s got to be some type of issue with NMCI.” But later he said he had been informed that it was not an NMCI issue…
The outage could have occurred automatically or manually, Cole said. But if it was manual, he said he was not sure who would have made that decision.
Access to Fox has since been restored to NMCI users, although the cause for the restriction is still unclear. Maj. Carl Redding, a Marine spokesman at the Pentagon suggested it was the “nature of the network” to unpredictably block even legitimate sites for technical and security reasons.