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Monday, 16 July 2012

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Damn you Spoof!

Popular website, The Spoof, has been identified as the source of the network crash that brought down the O2 phone network.

"It turns out," said Tom O'Byle, technical director at O2, "that the Spoof was being run from the laptop of the editor using an O2 wireless dongle."

According to O'Byle, when one particular Spoof went viral, it increased the amount of traffic going through the wireless dongle, and caused an overload on both the O2 network and the Spoof website bringing both down.

"We identified the particular Spoof as being by a contributor called Inchcock," said O'Byle. "At one point, there were nine billions people attempting to read the Spoof, which is remarkable, as there are only seven billion people on the planet."

"The only explanation for the discrepancy," said editor of The Spoof, Mark Lowdown, "is that aliens were reading the Spoof. Although the explanation that my stats counter was out, is also a remote possibility."

To allow the O2 network to come back up, the Spoof was taken down permanently, leaving millions annoyed at the lack of humour.

"I've limited the number of people who can read the Spoof at any one time to 5," said Lowdown. "O2 have said if I want to make it higher, I should use an internet server for the website, and not my laptop."

Lowdown intends to do this in the next couple of decades. When he gets round to it.

"I'm a busy boy," he said. "Moustaches don't grow themselves you know."

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