There's a new trend of domestic cyberattacks that seems to be catching on around the country, and it's scary. Cybercriminals are physically attacking the cables that provide the Internet to your home, and there's not much we can do to prevent it. Another incident just happened yesterday in San Francisco, and your town could be next.
Criminals are opting to get their hands dirty like the old days of hacking. Yesterday, three major fiber-optic cables that provide Internet service to the San Francisco and Sacramento area were attacked. These cables were protected in an underground vault and encased in heavy plastic coating.
That didn't stop the hackers, though. They broke into the vault and cut through the thick wiring that connects the Internet infrastructure providers Level 3 and Zayo to their customers. Since the recent spike in physical cyberhackings, the FBI was brought in to take control of the ongoing investigations.
Even though the companies are convinced it was a coordinated attack, representatives of the FBI aren't so sure. They issued a formal statement saying, "the vandalism which resulted in the reported outages was confined to a single geographic location in the San Francisco Bay Area."
The specialized FBI cyberteam is now in the process of investigating 11 separate physical attacks spanning back over a year.
Last year in my home state of Arizona, there was a group of cybercriminals that did the same thing. They cut through fiber-optic cords and the Internet was down for thousands of customers all across Phoenix. I hope this new trend of physical cyberattacks won't go on too much longer.
We're already getting it from overseas, we don't need domestic attacks as well.