At about 3:30 AM PST on 27 February an optical fiber cable connecting the U.C. Berkeley campus with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was cut, apparently by vandals trying to "salvage" copper from other nearby cables.
The broken fiber carries data and voice connections for LBNL and also for the Space Sciences Lab. SSL is where the [email protected] project is located, so the millions of participants helping to analyze data have been unable to contact the [email protected] servers for more than a day.
Contractors are pulling new cable now. It's expected that service to SSL will be restored by Friday, 2 March 2001. We'll update this page as we learn more about the progress of the repairs.