[AusNOG] EFPOST terminals down
Nathan.Brookfield at simtronic.com.au
Mon Jun 22 15:08:26 EST 2020
It’s my experience that almost all of them also have Ethernet and just failover to 3G, with most banks terminals anyway.
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On 22 Jun 2020, at 13:15, Jason Xiros <jason.xiros at gmail.com> wrote:
I'm not sure the EFTPOS network is as robust as people believe. There was a time perhaps seven or eight years ago when 50% (or more) of all transactions in Australia went through a single data centre on the Pacific Hwy in North Sydney.
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:06:36 +0930
From: John Edwards <jaedwards at gmail.com>
To: Chris Hurley <chris at dragonrail.com.au>
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Subject: Re: [AusNOG] EFPOST terminals down
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Tips are low priority areas for mobile coverage. They are deliberately
built where no-one else is, such that they would account for the majority
of an expensive mobile sector.
I imagine that most EFTPOS terminals are still 3G. If 3G failed, most of us
with a smartphone less than 5 years old wouldn't notice.
So if there's a 3G network failure:
- Terminals would usually migrate to another cell, there are probably
not multiple cells covering a tip
- There is still LTE coverage there, so no customers are screaming for
the failure to be fixed
- The network is aging so failure is common
- Parts are hard to get or expensive because its old
- Social Distancing is mutually exclusive to how teams of mobile network
riggers normally operate, so there's a backlog of faults
- Coverage of a tip with a handful of regular customers is low priority
for a fix, no manager is escalating this over other faults
- Some WFH people nearby are smashing the local 3G network with their
old USB 3G adapters that are now on an unlimited download plan
In summary, it's probably not a cyberattack.
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