Caterpillar Web site among those hit by massive outage today

An excerpt from Crain’s:

(Reuters)—Cyber attacks today disrupted service on major websites such as Twitter, PayPal and Spotify, as well as service on some Chicago companies’ sites.

The city of Chicago’s website and the Illinois Secretary of State’s website both appear to be working.

The attacks were the latest in an increasingly menacing string of distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks disrupting internet sites by overwhelming servers with web traffic.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attacks, which targeted the internet infrastructure provider Dyn. Gillian Christensen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency was “investigating all potential causes.”

The article listed Caterpillar as a Chicago area business th lose its site during the attack.

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Question: Is Cat’s new generator going to be made in the USA?

 I could care less if the product being sold had a Caterpillar label. I want to know if it’s being my neighbors to work.

The editorial board of Peoria’s one and only newspaper of record editorializes on Caterpillar’s conviction on theft of trade secrets

They are opposed. Kinda. Although you would be hard pressed to read an editorial condemning a company of illegal theft that was more filled with local boosterism and brown-nosing:

We appreciate that Caterpillar operates in a hyper-competitive world economy where more than a few do not always play by the rules. For example, many have given China grief over the years for not recognizing the boundaries of established standards of business. No doubt there can be temptations to respond in kind. In many ways Peoria goes as Caterpillar goes, so obviously we want the company to do well. It makes a lot of livelihoods possible in central Illinois.

That said, we also want to be proud of the company that calls Peoria home and of the way it conducts itself in this admittedly not-always-pure global environment, as we generally have been over the years. If the allegations of “unjust enrichment” and “willful and malicious” theft on Cat’s part are true, as this federal jury evidently believes, well, it’s hard to sugarcoat that. Then again, if there’s an appeal, it may produce a different result.

Caterpillar rewards voters for picking Rauner as governor by moving two production lines to Mexico

From the Herald-News:

Caterpillar Inc. has announced the company will move forward with a plan that includes the loss of 230 jobs from the Joliet plant and the move of two production lines to Mexico, according to a company statement released Friday.

The announcement comes just two months after the company first went public about a possible move from the Joliet area. A decision was expected by this month.

“The company has since completed all analysis and determined to remain cost competitive, it must move forward with the transition,” the statement read.


How long will Caterpillar continue to allow itself to be embarrassed by its connection to Aaron Schock?


Here’s how Caterpillar Inc. got mentioned in the Sun-Times expose of the latest Aaron Schock spending scandal:

Caterpillar was one of the major underwriters of the Global Citizen Festival concert, where [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi was a featured speaker. Indeed, Caterpillar is a major supporter of the Global Citizen organization.

A spokesman for the Global Poverty Project told the Sun-Times that Schock was “instrumental” in getting Modi to the festival; the invitation was extended by Schock and other Global officials during the August trip.

Joining Schock on stage at the festival was Michele Sullivan, vice president of the Caterpillar Foundation.

Bob Michel never embarrassed Caterpillar while representing Caterpillar. Although Ray LaHood had his mini travel scandals, none compared to Schock’s in sheer dollar amounts.

You’ve gotta wonder if Caterpillar may just decide to cut bait with Schock and back a challenger in the primary. Caterpillar is useful to Schock as long as Schock us useful to Caterpillar.

How will degenerate Schock idolators defend THIS (allegedly *snort*) waste of taxpayer money

rp_aaron_schock_head-150x1501.jpgAs my commenter says, Aaron Schock is a gift that keeps on giving:

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., used taxpayer money to pay for a private plane to travel from Peoria to Chicago for the Bears-Vikings game on Nov. 16, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

And a Sun-Times examination of House disbursement records and campaign finance reports suggests that Schock used taxpayer money to help underwrite a September trip to New York, where a political action committee he controls spent $3,000 for Global Citizen Festival concert tickets.

The use of $20,855 in taxpayer money for the Chicago and New York trips will raise more legal and ethical issues for Schock.

And Peoria’s favorite corporation gets covered in some of Schock’s mud:

According to an August release from Schock’s office, among those on the trip were representatives from the Caterpillar Foundation, an offshoot of the construction and mining equipment manufacturer headquartered in Peoria.