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An attack on Silicon Valley telephone lines and an electric grid that took out transformers and fiber-optic cables remains unsolved a year after the nighttime raid that a federal official has decried as an act of terrorism.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday it was still probing the April 16 attack, which happened a day after the Boston Marathon bombings. AT&T fiber-optic cables were snipped and sniper bullets destroyed 17 Pacific Gas & Electric transformers, disrupting service to the valley.
At the time, the response from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was haphazard at best. Among other things, the agency released to federal and industry officials a document outlining exact areas where the nation’s grid is susceptible to a terrorist attack. The commission’s chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur told a congressional hearing on Thursday that it was taking steps so it would not make the same mistake it did following the Silicon Valley attack.
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