Feds: California Fiber Optic Attacks May be Plot Against Super Bowl
Federal officials are concerned recent attacks on fiber optic systems in California may be part of a more complex plot against the Super Bowl.
NBC Washington reported:
As Super Bowl 50 approaches, government security officials are examining whether recent attacks on fiber optic systems in California could be connected to a “more complex plot” against the game.
A series of unsolved incidents — in which fiber optic cables in the Bay Area were deliberately severed — is one of several risks detailed in an internal memo shared by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security intelligence analysts in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
The memo, obtained by the News4 I-Team, says “the FBI and DHS have no information to indicate any specific, credible threats to or associated with Super Bowl 50 or related events.” But it also details the attacks against the fiber optic systems, the threat of drones against the game and potential game-day attacks in crowded spaces just outside Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the host site of Super Bowl 50.
The memo acknowledges lone wolf attackers “are of particular concern” to the game due to their ability to remain undetected before attacking.