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Low-tech hackers cut Internet, phone links in Silicon Valley

Low-tech hackers cut Internet, phone links in Silicon Valley

FORGET computer viruses and sophisticated cyber-crimes. A hacksaw and a few other tools were probably all it took for someone to sever eight fiber-optic cables in the United States’ Silicon Valley this week, knocking out cell phone, land-line and Internet service.

The attack was a reminder of the fragility of telecommunications networks that are increasingly important in our lives. Yet physical sabotage of networks is extremely rare, and far overshadowed by natural disasters like hurricanes. Security experts were unable to recall a similar incident.

Cables were cut early Thursday in San Jose and nearby San Carlos, wiping out telecom services to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Some people were still able to place local calls, but emergency call services disappeared.

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