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Verizon has been reporting incidents of network sabotage in areas where former workers are on strike!

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Verizon hasn’t gone as far as accusing those on strike for the acts of destroying their networks in certain areas but they are referring to those committing the acts as “criminals”

There have been nearly 24 incidents of suspected sabotage over the past week in five different sates. This includes states where wireline works have walked away from their jobs to protest the slow progress in negotiations for new labor agreements and lack thereof.

Verizon’s chief security officer (CSO), Michael Mason, had a few words about the recent incidents,

“We will find out who’s behind these highly dangerous criminal acts and we will pursue criminal charges. These reckless perpetrators are risking the lives of countless Americans by cutting access to key lines of communications, especially to local police, fire and rescue personnel. If someone has an emergency and needs to contact local authorities, these malicious actions could prevent that from happening.”

Mr. Mason does bring up a very good point and I hope whoever is committing these acts is listening.

Verizon has offered a $10,000 reward for information that may lead them to the suspect.

Sabotage of the network giant includes:

  • Sliced fiber-optic cabling at a network facility box in New Jersey that cut services to customers and local emergency personnel, including police and fire departments.
  • Sabotage in Massachusetts which cut off phone services for 16 hours.
  • Severed fiber-optic and copper cables in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York that disrupted voice and internet services.

The number of people affected by these incidents are reported to be in the thousands.

Source: Lightwave