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Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?

  • From: Joseph S D Yao
  • Date: Thu Jan 19 11:55:43 2006

On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 10:05:57AM -0600, Dennis Dayman wrote:
> "In 2004, Department of Homeland Security officials became fearful that
> terrorists might start using accidental dig-ups as a road map for deliberate
> attacks, and convinced the FCC to begin locking up previously public data on
> outages. In a commission filing, DHS argued successfully that revealing the
> details..."
> --MORE--
> -Dennis

My observation is that attempts to wield backhoes in a correct manner
yield enough of a cyberthreat [the "Serbian Backhoe Brothers" team has
visited us enough times for us to be justifiably paranoid].

On the other hand, it's quite possible that attempts to deliberately cut
fiber might be exactly as successful as attempts to avoid fiber, and we
have nothing to worry about in terms of deliberate sabotage.

Joe Yao
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