Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA., home to Super Bowl 50 and the San Francsico 49ers. (credit: Travis Wise)

Federal authorities, who have been baffled by more than a dozen attacks on San Francisco Bay Area data lines, are probing whether there is any connection between that vandalism and the Super Bowl. The NFL’s big game will be played February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, just south of San Francisco.

An Internal memo between the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and others says the agencies have no “credible threats to or associated with Super Bowl 50 or related events.” But the memo, obtained by NBC’s News 4 in Washington, DC, says the spate of fiber optic cable severings across the San Francisco Bay Area raises “the concern individuals may be using these incidents to test and prod network durability in conjunction with a more complex plot.”
The FBI declined to respond to Ars’ inquiry. A former FBI agent familiar with the memo, however, stressed that the authorities have not found any credible threats and that the agencies were considering every possible nefarious scenario they could think of before the big game.
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