Thieves cut fibre data cables at Rapidswitch - Wikimedia Commons

A Maidenhead data centre had one of its London links cut by thieves earlier this week.

The crooks had opened a manhole close to the Rapidswitch data centre, and phyically cut a fibre. but traffic re-routed straight away to the secondary link and the backup system kicked in.

At first the company thought that the act was specifically targeted towards Rapidswitch and so decided not to issue a risk notification in case it alerted the crook to the success of his, her or their attack.

The fibre was fixed within 24 hours but other fibre cables in the area had also been cut.

Rapidswitch now believes that thieves had cut the cables to see if they were copper - there's a market for stolen copper. The company is now installing physical security barriers in the manholes to stop it happening again.