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The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat

At half-past noon on Jan. 9, cable TV contractors sinking a half-mile of cable near Interstate 10 in rural Arizona pulled up something unexpected in the bucket of their backhoe: an unmarked fiber-optic cable. “It started pulling the fiber out of the pipe,” says Scott Johansson, project manager for JK Communications and Construction. “Obviously, we said, ‘Oop, we’ve hit something.'” As the fiber came spooling out of the desert soil like a fishing line, long-distance service for millions of Sprint PCS and Nextel wireless customers west of the Rockies blinked off. Transcontinental internet traffic routed over Sprint slowed to a crawl, and some corporations that relied on the carrier to link office networks found themselves electronically isolated. Full Story

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