AT&T offers $100K reward in fiber optic vandalism; notes second incident

AT&T offers $100K reward in fiber optic vandalism; notes second incident

Summary: updated below:No matter all of the advancements in wireless and mobile technology, at the end of the day, we're all still connected to a big wire somewhere.  Early this morning, we discovered that one of those big wires is located under a busy Silicon Valley roadway.

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updated below:

No matter all of the advancements in wireless and mobile technology, at the end of the day, we're all still connected to a big wire somewhere.  Early this morning, we discovered that one of those big wires is located under a busy Silicon Valley roadway.

At some point around 2 a.m. PDT, a fiber optic line owned by AT&T but leased to Verizon became damaged. It was located in a manhole about 10 feet below the roadway. San Jose Police told KCBS-radio that they suspect vandalism and are treating the area as a crime scene.

The damage to the line silenced landline phones, cell phone service and Internet access for many in the area. But it also impacted a number of Web sites, which have data centers in the Silicon Valley area that - apparently - are connected to that fiber optic line.

ZDNet and sister site BNET were among those impacted. As Internet traffic was re-routed, some users experienced time-outs and slow page loads. The impact was intermittent and people in different places were experiencing different results.

Repair crews are on the scene and expect to have full service restored by 6 p.m. PDT

update: AT&T is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible "for the vandalism incidents." Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, AT&T's networks were declared National Critical Infrastructures. Anyone who tampers with them is in violation of federal and state laws.

The damage cut off access to 911 emergency systems for people in the area.

There were actually two incidents - one in San Jose and another in San Carlos, which is about halfway between San Jose and San Francisco.

Tips can be given to the San Jose Police Department at 408-277-4161 (ask for Detective Carlos Melo or Detective Dan Phelan); Tips can be given to the San Carlos Police Department at 650-802-4423. Anonymous tip for either incident can be made to CrimeStoppers at 408-947-STOP.

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  • Dick Cheney was right

    We are less safe. This would never have happened on Bush's watch.

    ;)
    ejhonda
    • umm no

      "We are less safe. This would never have happened on Bush's watch."

      Yeah if memory serves Bush and Cheney were in charge while the terror attacks were happening on September 11th. The deaths of thousands of people and resulting war loss of freedoms hardly compares to a little vanadlism that was probably done by a disgruntled ex employee thanks to the economy being in the toilet which also oddly enough started under Bush and Cheney.
      curiousone975
      • Dude...

        don't just blow off at the mouth about things you do not know about. You should maybe open a factual history book and see that Politicians are the problem in this country and not Republicans or Demorcrats. Sure would be nice if they could focus on science and protection for the citizens and not every freakin aspect of our lives. Its politics that is screwed and America will not change until people stop playing their ideological cards and actually make decisions that help people instead of keeping them down. Typically when I see people spout off about Bush and Cheney over and over they are actually uneducated and can't see past their ideology. I think Bush and Cheney were wrong in some things and right in others, but now in America we all stereotype everyone and everything to the point that the facts get washed out. America has become an emotional state of crazy ideas, no one with a backbone and unbridled help for failing companies. Forget the debt, forget inflation, just do what emotionally feels good at the time. Bush=Obama and Obama=Bush. Couple of out of touch clowns.
        OhTheHumanity
        • I GIve You A Standing Ovation

          daMan25 Right On!

          You are a clear thinking, critical thinking person. We really need more like you!

          Albee
          Albee_Freeoneday
          • we have a follower

            Follow thy Professor. are you gilligan :-)
            MLHACK
        • He speaks the truth.

          Bush cut into our privacy rights with illegal wire-tapping of US citizens by covert operatives who answered only to him. Obama wants start up a government funded ?volunteer? security force to augment the national police and military that answers only to him.

          Both sound like modern day versions of the Nazis Gestapo.

          Ideology aside, absolute power corrupts absolutely unless the citizens watch their own backs.
          Hates Idiots
        • your suggestions?

          And your solutions are? Long on verbage, bit short on suggestions. But I do agree, politicians are the problem, but then we elected them.
          Wolflead6
        • ????

          I happen to be well educated and informed when it comes to world and US history.

          As I recall, under Clinton there was NO 9/11 and companies were hiring thousands of employees NOT LAYING-OFF.

          My investments WERE MAKING THOUSANDS $$$ NOT LOSING $$$ UNDER BUSH
          jasonemmg
          • Clinton had terrorists too

            The first attack on the Twin Towers was under Clinton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_World_Trade_Center_bombing) as was the bombing of the USS Cole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cole_bombing), and a couple of US Embassy bombings in Africa. If Bush still gets credit for today's economy, then Clinton deserves some credit for 9/11.
            Of course terrorism isn't really new: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/target/etc/cron.html
            alpyne2
          • Why does Clinton get credit for a good economy?

            Clinton practiced "Reaganomics" after the
            Democrats ceded congress to the GOP in '94.
            After the threat of Hillary Care and additional
            tax increases were off the table, the economy
            flourished until the years of the Bush disaster.
            JohnMcGrew
          • you wiki it

            Ok if you are backing your case up with Wikipedia and pb freaking s you have got to be an idot. Wikipedia is great for the right thing like bio of tommy lee
            MLHACK
          • he he he

            You are kidding are you not? I don't believe Tommy is as bad as Wiki makes him out. Hold on though I love PBS, don't be messin with my Sesame Street Bros!!
            dekirk6
          • uneducated

            While the President has some input on the country, the politicians that have the most impact on our finances happen to be Congress. If you happen to check back to each time our economy took a nosedive it followed an approximately six year rule by the Democrats in Congress! Coincidence? I thnk not!
            Storageman
        • What

          How can you subject line dude like a cali surfer then try to pull of a professor reply when did you copy and paste that from. Geez
          MLHACK
      • I think he was being sarcastic given the

        smiley at the end of the post.
        xXSpeedzXx
      • All Bush's fault

        Can someone please call in the tip line and report G.W. Bush! He's out of
        office, but the planet is still warming, cooling, whatever, and now this! I
        think he can be arrested on his Crawford Ranch, but the police will have
        to drive over a bunch of pink biatches first. Oh, and watch out because I
        think Cheney was visiting to hunt some of the ranch quail, so the boys
        are armed and dangerous.
        Geotopia
        • Actually...

          ...the Shrub isn't living on his pig farm in Crawford, he's living in a big city because the folks in Crawford cou;dn't wit to tee she last of is butt and to be nearer a liquor store.
          fairportfan
      • Maybe you should have...

        ...noticed the smiley at the end of the OP.
        fairportfan
      • If memory serves...

        ...wasn't it the Clinton Administration that
        made it policy (the Gorelick memo) that the FBI
        and CIA were not to be permitted to share
        information regarding domestic terrorist
        activities?

        Oh, and how did the Clinton Administration deal
        with the following acts of Islamic fascism?

        January 1993: 2 CIA agents are shot and killed
        as they enter CIA headquarters in Langley,
        Virginia.

        February 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-
        Islamiyya, possibly with involvement of friendly
        rival al-Qaida) set off a bomb in in a rented
        van in the basement of the World Trade Center,
        killing six and wounding more than 1,000.

        Spring 1993: Muslim extremists (al-Gama'a al-
        Islamiyya, the Sudanese Islamic Front and at
        least one member of Hamas) plot to blow up the
        Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the U.N. complex,
        and the FBI's lower Manhattan headquarters.

        November 1995: Muslim extremists (possibly
        Iranian "Party of God") explode a car bomb at
        U.S. military headquarters in Saudi Arabia,
        killing five U.S. military servicemen.

        June 1996: Muslim extremists (13 Saudis and a
        Lebanese member of Hezbollah, probably with
        involvement of al-Qaida) explode a truck bomb
        outside the Khobar Towers military complex at
        Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 19 American
        servicemen and injuring over 500.

        August 1998: Muslim extremists (al-Qaida)
        explode truck bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya
        and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring
        thousands.

        October 2000: The USS Cole was docked in the
        port of Aden, Yemen for refueling when a small
        craft pulled along side the ship and exploded
        killing 17 US Navy Sailors. Attacking a US War
        Ship is an act of war, but instead the FBI is
        sent to investigate.

        Clinton vowed to get to the bottom of each of
        these incidents. And yet, we know that it was
        never a priority. In fact, it was the nature of
        the Clinton Administration to avoid any
        proactive move regarding international
        terrorism. The best example of this would be
        the several occasions where he was literally
        offered Bin Laden by Sudan. All they had to do
        was pick him up. And yet, they declined,
        because doing so might have been
        "controversial".

        So it's rather disingenuous to pin 911 on Bush.
        In fact, had the Bush Administration actually
        acted against the 911 perpetrators on 910, no
        doubt the brainless ideologs such as yourself
        would have mocked the event.

        <i>"Yes, and the reality is that every terrorist
        plot is a joke until it goes off successfully.
        You know, when you consider the stories that we
        read about the 9/11 guys afterwards, that they?d
        been in a lap dancing club a couple of nights
        before, and the girls had complained that they
        were lousy tippers, you can imagine if they?d
        been arrested on September 10th, and all we?d
        had to go on would just be the lousy tippers in
        the lap dancing club. They would have seemed
        like a joke, and people would have been saying
        well, why are you making such a fuss about this?
        Bush is just whipping up a lot of fear for
        nothing about this. Every terrorist is a joke
        until he succeeds in blowing something up. And
        that?s why we pay no attention, and that?s why
        we will pay no attention until the next terrible
        murderous atrocity happens.</i> Mark Steyn,
        yesterday.
        JohnMcGrew