This story hearkens back to when we covered a lot of the infrastructure attacks that were happening in pre-Awakening Iraq. I still think Iraq is the "Spanish Civil War" of the coming Collapse era which will see 4GW style groups rising in influence and power (just read what is going on down Mexico way to see how close it has crept to the U.S.) and the kinds of knowledge and tactics developed there will be spread to groups all over the globe.
I fear we are seeing the glimmers of it in California, possibly someone(s) prepping for an "urban takedown" of some sort? No time to delve more deeply into this today, but something to consider.Bad scenarios for the smart-grid concept
By John C. Dvorak
...This week in the San Francisco Bay Area, the fiber-optic cable network was purposely sliced at four distinct locations. Where a hacker cannot succeed, bolt cutters will do. Read more in The Wall Street Journal's Digits blog.
Once the cables were cut, Internet service was flaky for the region and completely out for 50,000 customers. On top of that, the landlines would not work and the cell-phone towers in the area went dead.
Does anyone find this sort of interdependency a little disconcerting? It is as if someone was testing the grid for either redundancy or failure points...