Las Vegas crooks go mad for copper
Oops! There goes the cable
Telcos and data center operators, watch out for your copper. As the price of the metal skyrockets copper is suddenly looking very appealing to thieves.
So much so that Embarq, which offers communications services in 18 states, is offering a $5,000 bounty for information leading the prosecution of people who steal its cable in Las Vegas. The company has already spent $400,000 this year replacing pilfered lines in that city alone. More than 60 individuals have been been arrested for copper theft in Las Vegas
"You've got people that are going out there and trying to steal wire cable," said Embarq spokesman Charles Fleckenstein. "It's an area where we have almost 13,000 miles of cable and it just looked like a real good area to get started."
Copper thieves often drive vans, don hard hats and scale telephone poles, in an attempt to blend in with legitimate telephone workers. But instead of fixing broken lines, they pilfer the fiber used to connect ATMs, emergency 911 call centers and phone service.
Embarq isn't the only company feeling the pain. According to this entry posted Tuesday in the diary of the SANS Internet Storm Center, data center operators should look out for thieves stealing air-conditioning components, since copper heat exchangers usually reside outside, where they can be easily accessed.
"The usual recommendation is to build a 'cage' around the device which still allows for sufficient air circulation," Johannes Ullrich, the author of the post, wrote.
On a grimmer note, anecdotal support for the high incidence of copper theft seems to be born out by this Yahoo! search, which appears to pull up dozens of legitimate news accounts of people who have been electrocuted while attempting to steal live wires. ®
21CNetworks by amanfrom mars
>Is this a coded message? Maybe there is something in there that is an >encrypted message. Certainly the writing is incoherent.
Take no notice of him, he's from another planet.
Easy fix , all scrap metal dealers are required to be fully licensed . All purchases except crushed Aluminium cans above 8 ounces or 250 grams to be recorded with ID of seller his/her fingerprints and photo at time of sale , and all purchases greater then fifty dollars/euro's / peso's or whatever are to be handed in at the local cop shop at the end of the month.
Finally all shipping companies shipping overseas recycled material , like wise for all shipping containers !
Should a dealer fail to comply on any one procedure, the minimum court penalty for any offence even the smallest , is instant license termination followed by on the spot total business and personal asset confiscation ! Now that would certainly encourage enforcement by all but most foolhardy and will knock down at least 95% of the illegal trade in stolen metals 95% of the time !
21CNetworks by amanfrom mars
Is this a coded message? Maybe there is something in there that is an encrypted message. Certainly the writing is incoherent.