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June 17, 2008

Network World Retracts Article Accusing Ethan Banks of Cheating

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 2:07 pm
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Today Network World replaced the article by CertGuard accusing Ethan Banks of cheating on his CCIE written exam:

Network World and the authors have decided to remove this blog post and the discussion that followed. While the original post was intended to highlight how the issue of braindumps is a pervasive one, we regret having singled out anyone in particular and apologize for any accusations of cheating.

Thank you Network World for doing the right thing.  Hopefully we will see Ethan’s site coming back online pretty soon.



  1. This was the worst ever article, for what so ever the reason may be behind that.

    We trust and have seen the pursuit of Ethan, Just a single time readout and the conclusion in a day to make the matter appear
    as breaking of NDA and causing the Cert Integrity to loose wasn’t a nice look out of the Robert williams,
    And we don’t expect any such thing from anybody who is responsible.

    Let it be, but yeah it was really hurting us!!!
    good that the article is taken back.

    Hopefully we see the Ethan’s site back again, if this is the reason for its downtime !!!

    Good Luck Ethan,
    We stand with you !!!

    Comment by Dara — June 17, 2008 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  2. Kudos to you and everyone else for raising all the stink on this matter. It’s incredible the amount of support that Ethan received from all his friends (including those known to him and not). I don’t know if NW would have done anything if it weren’t for those who called for rectifying what Mr. Williams has started.

    That’s gotta be a win for all of us who follow you and Ethan regularly.

    Comment by Aragoen Celtdra (Route My World) — June 17, 2008 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  3. […] to cciepursuit for breaking the news first , it looks like the editors at Network World magazine have removed Robert Williams attack on Ethan […]

    Pingback by Certguards inflamitory post about Ethan Banks removed from Network World Magazine | Colin McNamara - CCIE 18233 , RHCE, GCIH, CCVP, GEEK — June 17, 2008 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  4. Sweet justice.

    I hope that Ethan’s site now comes back online. Please chime in and let us know, Ethan.


    Comment by ccie.mike — June 17, 2008 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  5. I think NetworkWorld and CertGuards reputation have been severly tarnished by these accusations. While I applaud the idea of protecting my certifications, I won’t trust anything by CertGuard as a company again.

    Ethan, come back!

    Comment by Arden — June 17, 2008 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  6. Welcome back Ethan!! Glad to see your site back up! It’s inspiring!

    Comment by Erica — June 18, 2008 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  7. Great news! I do hope Ethan brings his blog back up again.

    Comment by Daniel — June 18, 2008 @ 1:33 am | Reply

  8. That’s great to see Ethan’s blog back. That would have been a big waste otherwise.
    BTW, I am posting this rather than on Ethan’s blog because I don’t need a login to post here 😉

    Comment by Mat — June 18, 2008 @ 3:23 am | Reply

  9. CertGuard won’t recover from this anytime soon, and rightfully so.

    Comment by stretch — June 18, 2008 @ 3:28 am | Reply

  10. CCIE’s are never made overnight! So do Mr. Ethan. He is still worth the “CCIE”.
    CertGuard thank you for the realization.
    Welcome back !

    Comment by Mar Apuhin — June 18, 2008 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  11. Check this,

    Justice prevails!!!

    Comment by Dara — June 19, 2008 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  12. Whew! It’s over and certguard has apologized to Ethan.

    We can all go back to sleep now.

    Comment by Darby Weaver — June 19, 2008 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  13. I very much appreciate everyone’s support through this incident. I slept better last night than I have in about 2 weeks.

    Comment by Ethan Banks — June 20, 2008 @ 7:06 am | Reply

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