"World War III will be a guerilla information war, with no division between military and civilian participation."Marshall McLuhan
Police are hunting for vandals who chopped fiber-optic cables and killed landlines, cell phones and Internet service for tens of thousands of people in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties on Thursday. The sabotage essentially froze operations in parts of the three counties at hospitals, stores, banks and police and fire departments that rely on 911 calls, computerized medical records, ATMs and credit and debit cards. The full extent of the havoc might not be known for days, emergency officials said as they finished repairing the damage late Thursday. Whatever the final toll, one thing is certain: Whoever did this is in a world of trouble if he, she or they get caught. Sponsored Links * Obama Urges Homeowners to RefinanceSee Rates - No Credit Check Needed. ($90,000 Refinance under $489/mo)www.LowerMyBills.com * Obama Backs Auto Insurance RegulationDrivers Pay $44/mo on Avg for Car Insurance. Are you paying too much?Auto-Insurance-Experts.com "I pity the individuals who have done this," said San Jose Police Chief Rob Davis. Ten fiber-optic cables carrying were cut at four locations in the predawn darkness. Residential and business customers quickly found that telephone service was perhaps more laced into their everyday needs than they thought. Suddenly they couldn't draw out money, send text messages, check e-mail or Web sites, call anyone for help, or even check on friends or relatives down the road. Several people had to be driven to hospitals because they were unable to summon ambulances. Many businesses lapsed into idleness for hours, without the ability to contact associates or customers. More than 50,000 landline customers lost service - some were residential, others were business lines that needed the connections for ATMs, Internet and bank card transactions. One line alone could affect hundreds of users. "It was substantial," said John Britton, spokesman for AT&T. Authorities throughout the area said Thursday night that nobody had sought help from fire or police officials. But only the coming hours, and maybe days, will tell if there were emergencies nobody knows about yet. Officials worried that some people might have become incapacitated before they were able to summon help without a phone. "We don't know what this has done to people's lives," said Liz Kniss, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "I'm incredibly troubled by it. "We haven't experienced a major catastrophic emergency today. But we don't know."
Originally posted by chi_z
The internet can't be taken down, there's no way. If that were the case, there would be no piratebay and torrenting. If all the isps shutdown it literally would not matter. All you use isps for is their dns servers. isps aren't the only ones that have dns servers. you don't even need a dns server. just type the ip address of the web site. all a dns server is for is converting abovetopsecret.com to XXX.XXX.XXX where x is numbers. if you just type the numbers you therefore bypass the need of having dns servers. if the govt tries to 'take down' the internet thats a good thing. that means all the idiots with their twitter and myspace will be gone, since they are idiots and don't know how to use technology, thus making plenty of bandwidth available. the internet will be so fast then. I look forward to the shut down of twitter, youtube etc. oh and the bbs will always be there, just a ctrl+r cmd away, untouchable. unless they manually cut down all the wires, ALL of them,then there will always be a way to access internet. now with wireless we don't even need the wires.