AT&T is offering a $250,000 reward for information regarding acts of vandalism at two locations in Silicon Valley.
Fiber-optic cables near San Jose, Calif., were cut in two locations early Tuesday morning and prevented Gilroy residents from using landlines to make 9-1-1 calls for emergency services, according to a CNET article.
“All of this occurred within a half-mile radius, so because of the time frame and because of the geographical distance that these things happened, we believe that it’s related,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. Smith believes the objective of the attacks was to shut down the system.
All 9-1-1 service was restored Tuesday evening and phone service was expected Wednesday morning, according to an AT&T spokesman.