Sabotage investigation of fiber cuts in Northwest

Sean Donelan sean at
Mon Nov 3 01:38:50 UTC 2003

KIRO TV has a report concerning the fiber cuts targeting a particular
fiber route in the Northwest US.  It has been been disrupted four times
in the last two years, not by backhoes, but by someone entering a
fiber hut.

North Sound 911 Service Repeatedly Targeted
by Chris Halsne KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter
This person hasn't been randomly chopping entire bundles of cables, but
rather he or she is using surgical precision to black out one particular
911 emergency call center.

Early in the morning of Sept. 3, some criminal strolled into a Qwest
Telecommunications server station with tools in hand and carefully sliced
one strand of wire.
Operators couldn't help but feel a sense of dj vu. KIRO Team 7
Investigators have learned that someone intentionally rerouted, cut or
altered 911 service to Whatcom County on three occasions in two years.
Each time the criminal entered the same Qwest fiber optics "hut" to create
the chaos.

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