Network Card Theft Causes Internet Outage
UPDATED: The theft of network cards from a Verizon central office in New York has caused some customers there to lose their Internet access.A handful of corporate customers were left without e-mail and Internet access Monday after the theft of networking equipment from a New York City office late Sunday. Law enforcement officials said four DS-3 cards were reported missing from a Manhattan co-location facility owned by Verizon Communications Inc. The theft at 240 E. 38th St. occurred just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday and is being investigated by New York City Police and members of the joint terrorism task force, according to NYPD spokesman Lt. Brian Burke. The outage affected area customers of Sprint Corp., including Ziff Davis Media Inc., the publisher of eWEEK.com.
"We found backup cards in the area," said Charles Fleckenstein, spokesman for Sprint in Overland Park, Kan. "All of the cards are now on site in New York. [They] are being installed at this moment." Service was being restored to customers as the cards were being installed, he said.