Damage to Spectrum’s fiberoptic cables led to widespread internet loss throughout Queens and Brooklyn this morning. (Getty Images)
If you live in Brooklyn or Queens and had a tough time refreshing your Instagram feed this morning, you weren’t alone. A shadowy gang of rogue hackers have taken down The Mainframe, and if things aren’t back online in 24 hours we’re all going to wake up in the pink goo of our Matrix pods. Of course, Spectrum is claiming their fiber-optic network was hit with “vandalism,” but we’re sticking with our theory. There is no spoon! I know kung fu!
So apparently an act of vandalism to a fiber optic cable has taken down Spectrum cable/internet in all of Brooklyn.
— D.J. Short (@djshort) September 15, 2017
In a statement to New York Magazine’s Select All, Spectrum explained that dastardly vandals were behind the widespread internet outages:
Vandalism of Charter’s fiber-optic network in Brooklyn early this morning has resulted in thousands of customers there losing service. Our repair crews have been working tirelessly I’m [sic] the past several hours to restore service as quickly as possible. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we do. We are also working with the NYPD on an investigation of this latest round of criminal destruction of our network.
Somehow, a group of intrepid digital heroes have managed to fire off distress signals from the black hole:
Somebody cut the internet cord in Williamsburg. If this tweet makes it, the coffee guy said “in Williamsburg, that’s basically terrorism.”
— opheli (@opheligarcia) September 15, 2017
or is this the real reason @GetSpectrum internet is shut off in #brooklandia today? https://t.co/y9S6qYvZNu
— jesse jarnow (@bourgwick) September 15, 2017
So the Internet is just straight up broken in Williamsburg is what I and @abelw0man @Sabletoothtigre and @kaleighfaz are all realizing ???
— Sam H. Escobar ? (@myhairisblue) September 15, 2017
a hearty “fuck you” to the bk/queens internet vandals who ruined my morning
— nap oldson (@mathewolson) September 15, 2017
So internet is down in ALL OF BROOKLYN AND QUEENS so expect some griping today. Slash maybe a mobile stream tonight but not a gaming one. pic.twitter.com/x4vmowncoZ
— The Gamerette (@ZeGamerette) September 15, 2017
Hang in there, Netizens!
Crews are onsite and are working to repair damage ASAP. We apologize and thank you for your patience as we work towards resolution 2/2
— Ask Spectrum (@Ask_Spectrum) September 15, 2017