RE: The Backhoe: A Real Cyberthreat?

It seems a terrorist would benefit from obtaining fiber map
information from the source, rather than googling for outages, and
trying to find needles in haystacks. How well are the internal
databases with fiber path details protected? How hard would it be for
Al-Qaeda to social-engineer it's way into obtaining this stuff? Though
personally, I don't think terrorists would target telecom
infrastructure. A hundred simultaneous intentional fiber cuts could be
fixed in a day. That's something that is forgotten within a year.
Bombings are not. Fiber cuts resulting in phone and internet
connectivity loss aren't going to have the whole world turning to CNN.
Just us...

Just my .02 though,