FBI Investigating Serial Fiber Cutter in San Francisco

Posted: June 18, 2015 in Tech

The FBI is looking into a series of deliberate cuts of fiber optic cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In the past year, there were 10 instances on four separate nights when telecom cables were intentionally cut in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley and San Jose, the agency said Monday.

FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich said it’s unclear if the incidents are unrelated or the work of a single person or group, but the FBI is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious.

The FBI said there is no indication the cuts are linked to an April 2013 attack on an electricity substation near San Jose. In that incident, attackers shot at electricity transformers and several local fiber optic cables were cut at around the same time. The fiber cuts caused telephone problems for large areas of San Jose and Silicon Valley.

A June 2014 investigation by IDG News Service revealed vandalism has been the single biggest cause of major telecom outages in the United States.

Full Story @ [IT World]

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  1. […] investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California’s San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including one early Tuesday […]

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