‘Coordinated Attack’ Downs Internet Services With Cut Lines

Posted: June 30, 2015 in Tech
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DENVER – Internet providers suffered disruptions Tuesday in what a West Coast internet provider said appeared to be a coordinated physical attack on three high-capacity “backbone” lines in California.

“Three major fiber cables connecting the region have been physically severed in what appears to be a coordinated attack on multiple internet carriers beginning at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.”

Wave Broadband spokesman Mark Peterson said the company’s subscribers in the suburban Sacramento area were suffering outages, and crews were working to restore the connections, which were severed at 4:20 a.m. local time. Peterson said Wave itself is a customer of the two backbone companies apparently targeted, Level 3 and Zayo. Both backbone companies are based in Colorado.

However the FBI says it was vandalism:

The Sacramento field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks to clarify a statement made by an internet service provider regarding a service outage reported during the morning hours of today, June 30, 2015. Despite the impact to customers in a variety of service areas in Northern California, the vandalism which resulted in the reported outages was confined to a single geographic location in the San Francisco Bay Area.

No additional details regarding this incident are available at this time.

The FBI is investigating at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California’s San Francisco Bay Area dating back a year, including the one early Tuesday morning.

Source: [9NEWS]

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