06 February, 2008

"Conspiracy theories emerge after internet cables cut"

"Is information warfare to blame for the damage to underwater internet cables that has interrupted internet service to millions of people in India and Egypt, or is it just a series of accidents?

When two cables in the Mediterranean were severed last week, it was put down to a mishap with a stray anchor.

Now a third cable has been cut, this time near Dubai. That, along with new evidence that ships' anchors are not to blame, has sparked theories about more sinister forces that could be at work.

For all the power of modern computing and satellites, most of the world's communications still rely on submarine cables to cross oceans.

When two cables were cut off the Egyptian port city of Alexandria last week, about a 100 million internet users were affected, mainly in India and Egypt.

The cables remain broken and internet services are still compromised.

Telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says the situation demonstrates how interconnected the world is."

more here


DUBAI JAZZ said...

I knew the whole thing sounded fishy. But seriously, who could benefit from this ??

nzm said...

dubai jazz: if it was a deliberate act, maybe it was to inconvenience the region rather than be of benefit to someone else?

Seabee said...

Connection problems happen all the time, it's just unfortunate that these happened at the same time in roughly the same area. Apart from ships dragging anchors the cables swish about in the water and that puts pressure on the relatively delicate stuff inside.

Or maybe Al Qaeda has acquired cable-laying ships, can avoid satellite surveillance, pull up the cables, cut them and sneak off without anyone knowing...

Lirun said...

maybe it was aliens..

rosh said...

Lirun, I think so too, it's gotta be the aliens? A case for the X files?

DUBAI JAZZ said...

NZM, the question remains: who will benefit from inconveniencing the region?

Behind every mischivous act, there must be a motive ... no?

nzm said...

DJ: putting on my Conspiracy Theorist tinfoil hat, maybe it was a test for something bigger to come?

But I think it was the whales - they're just sick of all those radiating waves stuffing their navigation systems. :-)

nzm said...

Heh - just found this:
Cable cutter nutters chase underwater conspiracies

SNAZ said...

Don't you think they took 'hacking' the Internet too literally?

~ the ugly coyote ~ said...

maybe the cables just decieded to take a break :p

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