The Internet. Our Election. And A Reminder: Stay Calm and Vote.

The concern over possible internet interference on Election Day is not a hoax. Major service providers (AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner, Cox, T-Mobile, Direct TV, Verizon) along with online news sources (CNN), social media (Facebook, Twitter), entertainment (Netflix, Hulu), gaming and email communication providers have all suffered outages in the past several days.

The U.S. government, according to an NBC News report, is preparing for major outages and disruptions on Election Day.

The U.S. government believes hackers from Russia or elsewhere may try to undermine next week’s presidential election and is mounting an unprecedented effort to counter their cyber meddling, American officials told NBC News.

The effort is being coordinated by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, but reaches across the government to include the CIA, the National Security Agency and other elements of the Defense Department, current and former officials say.

Many have pointed to the major outages of October 21 as a sampling of what may be in store on 8 November. The push for Early Voting and the “Make A Plan To Vote” missives from the Clinton campaign team are both efforts to circumvent possible effects on voters.

Internet connectivity issues can be checked at downdetector.com (providing one has access).

As of 7am EST today (11-4), downdetector.com reports that the following companies are experiencing internet issues or outages:

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Problems at CNN

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Problems at Time Warner Cable

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Problems at Comcast

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Problems at AT&T

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Problems at Call of Duty

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Problems at Charter Spectrum

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Problems at Cox

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Problems at Verizon

Here’s a list of Outages from yesterday, 11-3-2016.

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Problems at EA

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Problems at Sling

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Problems at Snapchat

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Problems at Suddenlink

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Problems at DirecTV

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Problems at Hulu

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Problems at Netflix

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Problems at Youtube

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Problems at Destiny

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Problems at Bright House Networks

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Problems at Cable One

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Problems at Xbox Live

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Problems at Time Warner Cable

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Problems at Playstation Network

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Problems at CenturyLink

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Problems at Mediacom

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Problems at Comcast

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Problems at Level3

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Problems at MetroCast

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Problems at Craigslist

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Problems at Amazon

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Problems at AT&T

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Problems at GTA 5

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Problems at Logmein

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Problems at Call of Duty

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Problems at Gmail

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Problems at Rainbow Six

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Problems at Charter Spectrum

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Problems at Frontier

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Problems at Cox

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Problems at SNAP EBT

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Problems at T-Mobile

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Problems at Verizon

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Problems at EA

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Problems at Snapchat

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Problems at Healthcare.gov

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Problems at LinkedIn

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Problems at WeTransfer

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Problems at Facebook

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Problems at Sprint

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Problems at iTunes

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Problems at Yahoo Mail

A similar number of internet connectivity issues with many of the same companies were reported on 2 November.

Officials are alert for any attempts to create Election Day chaos, and say steps are being taken to prepare for worst-case scenarios, including a cyber-attack that shuts down part of the power grid or the internet.

But what is more likely, multiple U.S. officials say, is a lower-level effort by hackers from Russia or elsewhere to peddle misinformation by manipulating Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

Stay alert.

Stay calm.

VOTE.

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