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.Story here.
Wave Broadband said three major fiber-optic cables in the Sacramento area were "physically severed in what appears to be a coordinated attack on multiple internet carriers."
Wave 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.
In a statement, a Level 3 spokeswoman confirmed a "service disruption" and said the company assessing the damage and impact, while a crew on the ground was preparing to repair the line.
This is not the first time we've seen PHYSICAL attacks on infrastructure in the past 5 years.
I can think of at least three others and the kick in the pants is that law enforcement authorities have YET to make an arrest.
What makes this different is that the previous attacks were against the power grid. Power stations and underground lines have been attacked in the past. The move to attacking fiber optic lines is new and should be chilling.
A person, or group is actively attempting to destroy vital infrastructure in the US.
And no one is paying attention.