David Kirkpatrick

February 6, 2008

Undersea cables cut

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 11:38 pm

Five undersea cables carrying internet and other traffic have been cut all affecting the Middle and Near East — specifically India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain.

The first several cable incidents were blamed on anchors snapping them during rough water. Right now the no one really knows how or why these data cables became cut. Intentional sabotage is one option given the very specific geographic effect of all five cable failures.

(Hat tip: Boing Boing. Head here and here for those posts)