04 February, 2008

Must be them pesky whales again

No ships were present when two marine cables carrying much of the Middle East's internet traffic were severed, Egypt's Ministry of Communications has said, contrary to earlier speculation about the causes of the cut.

The ministry had originally stated that a ship dropping its anchor on the two key cables was most likely responsible for Wednesday's cut in service that robbed Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India of most of their internet connections.

"A marine transport committee investigated the traffic of ships in the area, 12 hours before and after the malfunction, where the cables are located to figure out the possibility of being cut by a passing vessel and found out there were no passing ships at that time," said the statement.

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Go figure. I wonder if they checked for submarines?


Brn said...

There is a solution to this. Sign the petition now

Kyle said...

507. Joe Kickass KABOOM!


I took your comment seriously and went there.

And you're the reason for my headache from all that laughter :)

You owe me a KABOOM pill to kill the hurt in my head :)

DUBAI JAZZ said...

This thing is rigged!

Who's the beneficiary of bringing the Internet down anyway? The Post Office?

Brn said...

kyle, then my work here is done ;)

Grumpy Goat said...

I think some dastardly villain with a Persian cat on his lap may be progressively shutting down the internet in his bid to take over the world. In the absence of the late Ian Fleming, perhaps Clive Cussler could get Dirk Pitt(tm) to investigate...

nzm said...

Ah - Dirk is my hero. Such a shame that Cussler retired him. He would have dived down and talked to those whales and straightened everything out - and he would have found Atlantis while doing so AND repaired the cables with his bare hands in less than a day.

Brn: I was hoping that someone would play with the title - you done good! :-)

CG said...

It is global warning [sic].

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