BT strike could affect internet and phone connections

George Bonser gbonser at
Fri May 28 04:58:55 UTC 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: andrew.wallace [mailto:andrew.wallace at]
> Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 5:58 PM
> To: joelja at
> Cc: nanog at
> Subject: Re: BT strike could affect internet and phone connections
> On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 1:17 AM, joel jaeggli <joelja at> wrote:
> > On 2010-05-27 10:42, andrew.wallace wrote:
> >>
> >> Look at it from an attackers point of view. If you're thinking about
> >> carrying out an electronic jihad of some kind when is the best time?
> >> A normal working day or during an engineers strike that only happens
> >> once every 23 years?
> >
> > Not to put to fine a point on it, a normal working day is the best
> time to
> > strike if you want to maximize the value of your attack.
> The point I'm getting at is this strike of this nature is a threat to
> national security and the internet is supposed to be classed as
> critical infrastructure, so shouldn't it be against the law for them to
> strike?

Sounds to me like the best defense the UK could implement would be fostering competition with BT.  BT goes on strike, customers move elsewhere, life goes on.

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