String of West Coast Attacks on Internet Fiber Optic Cables Leads to FBI Investigation
The FBI is investigating nearly a dozen successful attacks on fiber optic cables in northern California that have caused widespread Internet outages over the past year, according to media reports.
San Francisco and suburban Sacramento suffered Internet outages Tuesday after someone cut through local high-capacity fiber optic cables in the 11th act of such vandalism since last July, USA Today reported. The cables were owned by Level 3 and Zayo, Fortune magazine reported.
FBI officials believe the attacks required expertise and could be more than vandalism, with the attackers entering underground holding bunkers and cutting through conduit sheathing, according to USA Today.