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Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?
- From: Jerry Pasker
- Date: Thu Jan 19 15:31:41 2006
While it is always fun to call the government stupid, or anyone else
for that matter, there is a little more to the story.
I agree with you on all points except the one you didn't make. :-)
- 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.
The point is: What's more damaging? Being open with the maps to
EVERYONE can see where the problem areas are so they can design
around them? (or chose not to) or pulling the maps, and reports, and
sticking our heads in the sand, and hoping that security through