WA heat takes iiNet customers offline

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Internet supplier iiNet Limited (ASX:IIN) was left red-faced yesterday after extreme heat in Perth left thousands of customers across the country without internet access. 
 
The company shut down some of its systems at its Perth data centre around 4.30pm Sydney time yesterday afternoon after the mercury hit 44 degrees earlier in the day. The disconnection affected customers in Victoria, NSW and South Australia as well as WA.
 
The outage affected iiNet Toolbox, emails and some corporate websites and lasted close to seven hours. 
 
iiNet said most of its services were back up and running around 11pm eastern time and affected customers were asked to perform modem restart to fix any problems. 
 
iiNet reported a net profit of $63 million for the 2014 financial year.