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megimoo
04-11-2009, 10:58 AM
Sabotage attacks knock out phone service

"Is This Part One Of The New Attacks On America ?"

Police are hunting for vandals who chopped fiber-optic cables and killed landlines, cell phones and Internet service for tens of thousands of people in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties on Thursday.

The sabotage essentially froze operations in parts of the three counties at hospitals, stores, banks and police and fire departments that rely on 911 calls, computerized medical records, ATMs and credit and debit cards.

The full extent of the havoc might not be known for days, emergency officials said as they finished repairing the damage late Thursday.

Whatever the final toll, one thing is certain: Whoever did this is in a world of trouble if he, she or they get caught.

"I pity the individuals who have done this," said San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis.

Ten fiber-optic cables carrying were cut at four locations in the predawn darkness. Residential and business customers quickly found that telephone service was perhaps more laced into their everyday needs than they thought. Suddenly they couldn't draw out money, send text messages, check e-mail or Web sites, call anyone for help, or even check on friends or relatives down the road.

Several people had to be driven to hospitals because they were unable to summon ambulances. Many businesses lapsed into idleness for hours, without the ability to contact associates or customers.

More than 50,000 landline customers lost service - some were residential, others were business lines that needed the connections for ATMs, Internet and bank card transactions. One line alone could affect hundreds of users.

"It was substantial," said John Britton, spokesman for AT&T.

Authorities throughout the area said Thursday night that nobody had sought help from fire or police officials. But only the coming hours, and maybe days, will tell if there were emergencies nobody knows about yet. Officials worried that some people might have become incapacitated before they were able to summon help without a phone.

"We don't know what this has done to people's lives," said Liz Kniss, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "I'm incredibly troubled by it.

"We haven't experienced a major catastrophic emergency today. But we don't know."

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/09/BAP816VTE6.DTL&tsp=1

Sonnabend
04-11-2009, 12:14 PM
"Is This Part One Of The New Attacks On America ?"

No.

megimoo
04-11-2009, 12:41 PM
No.If you say so !

djones520
04-11-2009, 12:42 PM
No.

Your reasoning behind it?

Sonnabend
04-11-2009, 07:47 PM
Your reasoning behind it?1. No one has claimed responsibility.
2. No real organisation behind it and no further moves to take advantage of the situation..what happened afterward? Answer: Nothing.
3. A few years back two undersea cables were cut and everyone panicked thinking it was an "attack by Iran" or prelude to one. Nothing happened.
4. There are people out there who wreck things for the simple reason they can, and they have nothing to do with terrorism. They're just vandals.
5. Every time a major issue comes up everyone jumps to the first conclusion it was terrorism, even with the Aust bushfires we had idiots running around talking about an apparent "forest fire jihad claim"..well guess what, the fires are over, and it had nothing to do with Muslims and everything to do with home grown firebugs.
6. It could just as easily be someone with a grudge against the cable owners, or the company, or they are pissed becuase of developement, or its Greenies and this is eco sabotage....I can come up with just as many theories.

We.
Don't.
Know.

And in all honesty, it's helpful not to spend time jumping at shadows and imagining threats where there are none...hoofbeats...zebra....

Mmmkay?

Sonnabend
04-11-2009, 07:50 PM
Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties on Thursday.

Look at the location.

If you wanted to really cause havoc, you'd cut the power lines, blow up water mains...or do the same thing in a major city like..New York, LA etc....this was nuisance value and nothing more.

PoliCon
04-11-2009, 09:16 PM
Look at the location.

If you wanted to really cause havoc, you'd cut the power lines, blow up water mains...or do the same thing in a major city like..New York, LA etc....this was nuisance value and nothing more.

stupid teenagers with zero responsibilities or structure in their lives acting up to prove that they are cool.

Sonnabend
04-11-2009, 09:51 PM
stupid teenagers with zero responsibilities or structure in their lives acting up to prove that they are cool.

*DING DING DING DING DING*

No more calls, we have a winnah...!!!

megimoo
04-11-2009, 10:21 PM
Look at the location.

If you wanted to really cause havoc, you'd cut the power lines, blow up water mains...or do the same thing in a major city like..New York, LA etc....this was nuisance value and nothing more.
The last time that fibre optic cables were cut during a telephone strike by some telephone company guys turns out that some of the fibre bundles were leased/owner by the US Government and carried National Security Data .

Those Guys is still in jail after about twenty years.The Fed leases lots of cables and very seldom uses them.It's part of their emergency data routing strategy,If the Main trunks go down they use these !They have security testing data traffic on all of their leased cables 24/7 to make sure they aren't leaking data and aren't compromised.