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RE: "Network Card Theft Causes Internet Outage"

  • From: Bil Herd
  • Date: Wed May 05 08:34:43 2004

One time Agis (remember Agis) hired me to go down to the local
Pennsauken NAP to find out what was wrong with their remote access to
what was then a core router.  Someone had swiped the $.10 silver satin
cord for the modem.  Had to be the cheapest theft with the highest
consequences I have seen.

P.S. Damm networking business has screwed up my english, I keep wanting
to type swip instead of swipe and swipped instead of swiped.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: "Network Card Theft Causes Internet Outage"

On Tue, 4 May 2004, Andy Dills wrote:

> "Law enforcement officials said four DS-3 cards were reported missing 
> from a Manhattan co-location facility owned by Verizon Communications 
> Inc. The theft at 240 E. 38th St. occurred just after 10:30 p.m. on 
> Sunday and is

Is this part really surprising to anyone who's got gear in unsupervised
LEC colos where everyone is in open relay racks in a large open space?

> being investigated by New York City Police and members of the joint 
> terrorism task force, according to NYPD spokesman Lt. Brian Burke. "

This seems a bit over the top.  A couple years ago when we had a part
stolen out of one of our routers in a WCOM colo facility, we couldn't
get the local PD to do jack.  A report was filed...but I think they
filed it in the circular file, because nobody ever investigated, despite
the fact that WCOM had just installed a card reader system to replace
the simplex door locks, so in theory, they knew who was in the room when
our stuff was stolen, but they refused to release the info to us.

I guess we should have suggested it was an act of terrorism.

> Trying to fix our terrorism problem like this is like trying to fix 
> the spam problem using IP-based blacklists.

No...I'd say it's more like fighting the spam problem with nuclear there's an idea.

 Jon Lewis **|  I route
 Senior Network Engineer     |  therefore you are
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