AT&T has announced a $250,000 award for anyone who has credible information that could lead to an arrest and conviction of suspects who were involved in the vandalism of AT&T’s network in San Jose, California. On the early morning hours of April 16th, the carrier’s fiber optic cables were cut in a manhole, that’s before some shots were fired at electric transformers at the PG&E substation. Speaking about this act of vandalism, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said that the objective was probably to shut the system down.
AT&T’s networks were declared National Critical Infrastructures because of how important they are to the country’s security. Those who tamper, disrupt or destroy their network violate state and federal laws. AT&T has sent a team of technicians in the area that are working to restore the service. So far the 911 service has been restored, the phone service was expected to be back to normal by Wednesday morning. Hopefully law enforcement agencies along with the help of AT&T will be able to identify and catch those responsible, and if someone does have relevant information, they should definitely give AT&T a call.