Sabotage investigation of fiber cuts in Northwest

Marshall Eubanks tme at
Mon Nov 3 19:02:08 UTC 2003

Based on my knowledge of fiber routes in Western Fairfax and Loudoun  
County and also from
my NASA / US Navy days, there is a whole lot of security through 
obscurity in the physical infrastructure.

On Monday, November 3, 2003, at 08:43 AM, Alex Yuriev wrote:

>>>> You'd think after three previous disruptions, that Qwest would
>>>> have enabled some form of redundancy.
>>> Redundancy hell.  How about a *PADLOCK*?
>> You mean that these places aren't even locked?  Who has (had) the key?
>> That'd be the first place I looked.
> 	The most amazing things can be found on certain northern
> cross-country fiber routes in areas where cellphones don't work - they
> thought about everything putting hundred thousand dollar doors and 
> locks to
> prevent those who are not supposed to get into the huts from getting
> there... Excellence to the nines.
> 	Of course, since no one wants to carry keys to those super secure
> entrances, the same time of cobination keyholders that S&D and some 
> others
> use to attach cabinet keys to the back of the cabinets themselves had 
> been
> placed right by those super secure doors.
> 	Needless to say, it did not take long for every combination locked
> to be popped, keys taken out and super-secure doors opened.
> Alex
                                  Marshall Eubanks

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