On June 27, 1997, at about 09:55, a work crew was digging a hole for a spetic tank at a site outside Florence, New Jersey. They inadvertently drove their backhoe over a large fiber optic cable. The cable, owned by WorldCom Inc., turned out to be a major internet backbone. It brought down computer communications between Washington, DC and New York City, and fux0red internet service for the entire nation. This brought about extensive discussion of the internet's supposedly distributed and attack-proof nature.