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Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?
From: Joseph S D Yao <jsdy () center osis gov>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 11:54:32 -0500

On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 10:05:57AM -0600, 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




My observation is that attempts to wield backhoes in a correct manner
yield enough of a cyberthreat [the "Serbian Backhoe Brothers" team has
visited us enough times for us to be justifiably paranoid].

On the other hand, it's quite possible that attempts to deliberately cut
fiber might be exactly as successful as attempts to avoid fiber, and we
have nothing to worry about in terms of deliberate sabotage.

Joe Yao
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