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Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?

  • From: Joe Maimon
  • Date: Thu Jan 19 12:04:55 2006

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



This is really stupid. Assuming the terrorist actually have the dozens of backhoes needed to completely erase meaningfull internet connectivity in north america, they would probably prefer to use them to smash cars and kill people on the interstate highways or something.

Terrorist inflict terror by killing people, not by forcing internet explorer to display "page cannot be displayed".

Let us not assume that murderous terrorist are as dumb as people in DHS.