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Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?
From: "Micheal Patterson" <micheal () tsgincorporated com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2006 13:10:14 -0600

----- Original Message ----- From: <sgorman1 () gmu edu>
Cc: <nanog () nanog org>
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?

While it is always fun to call the government stupid, or anyone else for that matter, there is a little more to the story.

- For one you do not need a backhoe to cut fiber
- Two, fiber carries a lot more than Internet traffic - cell phone, 911, financial tranactions, etc. etc. - Three, while it is very unlikely terrorists would only attack telecom infrastructure, a case can be made for a telecom attack that amplifies a primary conventional attack. The loss of communications would complicate things quite a bit.

I'll agree it is very far fethced you could hatch an attack plan from FCC outage reports, but I would not call worrying about attacks on telecommunications infrastructure stupid. Enough sobriety though, please return to the flaming.

I would tend to disagree on that depending on how detailed those reports are. For example, if they indicate that junction X will hinder / disable communications to sector/grid Y, then yes, it could be a serious threat if you have police, fire, hospitals, etc on that section of the grid.

Mike P.

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