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A former AT&T network technician who is well acquainted with AT&T’s common backbone and asked to remain anonymous, told Salon about a secret, heavily secured room located in AT&T’s Bridgeton facility, where the company runs its technical command center from which it manages all of its backbone. From that facility, the company could send commands to any of its 1,500 to 2,000 routers around the country to filter and divert traffic from those locations. To do that, the technician said, AT&T would need to physically place network “sniffers” at key points in the company’s backbone. “There are 10 or 15 data centers located in major cities around the country,” he said. “So they would need to stick [a sniffer] in each of those data centers to capture all the information.” Then the company could easily send commands from the Bridgeton room to the routers in those locations. The commands would indicate what data to collect and where to divert it afterward.