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Re: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Fri Jan 20 05:37:49 2006

> Imagine if 60 Hudson and 111 8th
> were to go down at the same time? Finding means to mitigate this
> threat is not frivolously spending the taxpayer's money, IMO;
> although perhaps removing fiber maps is not the best way to 
> address this.

No, removing fiber maps will not address this problem
now that you have pinpointed the addresses that they
should attack.

Separacy is the key to addressing this problem. Separate
circuits along separate routes connecting separate routers
in separate PoPs. Separacy should be the mantra, not
obscurity.

End-to-end separation of circuits is how SFTI and other
financial industry networks deal with the issue of continuity
in the face of terrorism and other disasters. In fact, now
that trading is mediated by networked computers, the physical
location of the exchange is less vulnerable to terrorists because
the real action takes place in redundant data centers connected
by diverse separate networks. Since 9-11 was a direct attack on
the financial services industry, people within the industry 
worldwide, have been applying the lessons learned in New York.
Another 9-11 is simply not possible today.

--Michael Dillon







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