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Ship Anchor Damages African Undersea Cables

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the have-you-tried-turning-it-off-and-then-on-again dept.

Communications 104

New submitter Bastian227 writes "A ship anchoring in a restricted area disrupted an East African high-speed Internet connection. The damaged fiber optic cable is one of three new undersea cables in the area off Kenyan coast. Repairs could take up to 14 days. 'The Teams cable had been rerouting data from three other cables severed 10 days ago in the Red Sea between Djibouti and the Middle East. Together, the four fiber-optic cables channel thousands of gigabytes of information per second and form the backbone of East Africa's telecom infrastructure. Telecom companies were reeling over the weekend as engineers attempted to reroute data south along the East African coast and around the Cape of Good Hope.'"

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104 comments

yay (5, Funny)

amoeba1911 (978485) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178047)

no more Nigerian scams!

Re:yay (0)

linuxwebadmin (694411) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178069)

OMG...you so just beat me to the punch on this one. +1

Re:yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178261)

OMG...you so just beat me to the punch on this one. +1

Me too!

Re:yay (2)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178085)

Captain Derpy was unavailable for comment, but was already being lauded as a hero.

Re:yay (1)

philip.paradis (2580427) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178195)

Captain Derpy forgot to call before shipping.

Re:yay (5, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178115)

But, backhoe operators around the world are sending sympathy cards to the captain.

Re:yay (1)

Peter Simpson (112887) | more than 2 years ago | (#39180431)

Was it by any chance a Costa cruise liner?

Re:yay (3, Informative)

arbiter1 (1204146) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178151)

unfortunately its wrong cable that was snapped according to the map. http://www.cablemap.info/ [cablemap.info]

Re:yay (1)

werfu (1487909) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178171)

Somebody here failed his geography class...

Re:yay (1, Redundant)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178283)

no more Nigerian scams!

I'd consider it funny if Nigeria were in East Africa, but they isn't.

Likely the Nigeria traffic goes through Spain or, since Nigeria has considerable economic clout, satellites.

Re:yay (1)

Gozzin (2125020) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178357)

LOL! I came here to say that as well! Dear friend: I am the prince of

Re:yay (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178489)

No now it will be I'm Nigerian prince due to cut cable I am unable to get funds transferred from bank.

Re:yay (0)

trolman (648780) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179163)

I noticed this morning that the weekend list of scams and break-in attempts on our network was almost NIL. This explains some of that reduction. Thanks Captain Anchor dropper!

Re:yay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39179513)

Hahah.. I was about to say the same thing.. Lets cut it permanently and not ever fix it!

Re:yay (1)

buglista (1967502) | more than 2 years ago | (#39182961)

Your realise that this makes no sense, given that Nigeria is very much in WEST Africa, and thousand and thousands of miles away?

Duh (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178049)

Considering Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda being more Western friendly and advanced over their neighbors it makes them hot spots for radical islamic groups. I'm sure all the new updated monitoring hardware on the other servered cables will be matched here as well.

Re:Duh (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178267)

Considering Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda being more Western friendly and advanced over their neighbors it makes them hot spots for radical islamic groups. I'm sure all the new updated monitoring hardware on the other servered cables will be matched here as well.

I recall a political science class with a circular diagram... something about extreme fascism and extreme socialism going about achieving their ends using the same methods. Ironic these people are so in favor of going backward 1,600 years and using all this modern, western developed technology to do a lot of their communicating - they pass it off as more 'Ends justifying the means' BS Hard for me to consider them anything more than they really are on the surface - murderers, power hungry, dictatorial, etc.

Re:Duh (3, Insightful)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178531)

To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.

-- Douglas Adams

Re:Duh (0)

sparkeyjames (264526) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179591)

Sounds just like the current GOP.

Ducks and runs.

Re:Duh (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185769)

I recall a political science class with a circular diagram... something about extreme fascism and extreme socialism going about achieving their ends using the same methods

Correct. Fascism and socialism are two sides of the same coin. It goes by the name of statism. Statism is pure unabashed *evil* and should be fought with the sacrifice of blood from every man, women, and child whom values freedom. You just don't earn freedom for life. You must always act as a counter force to maintain it. For civil nations, we do it at the political level. For all others, bloodshed is required. It's just one of those sick-sad truths of life unfortunately.

People suck.

Disabling communications infrastructure?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178051)

Looks like war!

Re:Disabling communications infrastructure?! (1)

Tsingi (870990) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178821)

Yes, it does.

Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (4, Interesting)

exploder (196936) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178061)

Another bunch of accidental cable disruptions clustered in space and time? Am I paranoid to wonder if something's going on here? Or is it like how earthquakes get more press when they come in bunches?

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (0)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178177)

Or it could be that African captains can't read the "No Ship Parking" signs.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178197)

Same conspiracy theory got floated when Egypt's internet got cut several times in as many weeks. I believe it was chalked up to the fact that ship anchors tend to drag on the bottom until they catch on something, which also happens to be a major threat to coral reefs everywhere as well as undersea cables and pipelines.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178211)

Another bunch of accidental cable disruptions clustered in space and time? Am I paranoid to wonder if something's going on here? Or is it like how earthquakes get more press when they come in bunches?

Dang.. where's that quote about never ascribing something to conspiracy where idiocy will suffice ... too many nostrums around here these days, can't keep it all straight.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178607)

You are looking for Hanlon's Razor" Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178863)

It could be this alternative from Hanlon's Law: "Do not invoke conspiracy as explanation when ignorance and incompetence will suffice, as conspiracy implies intelligence."

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (5, Informative)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178751)

where's that quote about never ascribing something to conspiracy where idiocy will suffice

It is Hanlon's Razor [wikipedia.org] , though it says to never attribute to malice that what can easily be explained by stupidity.

I would say that an undersea cable being cut isn't newsworth on its own, but cut a bunch in the same place in roughly the same time and it becomes news. The cables are cut all the time (I do wonder if the ship that cuts the cable has to pay the bill for repairs?) but a lot of the time it is possible to simply re-route and there isn't too much hassle.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179187)

(I do wonder if the ship that cuts the cable has to pay the bill for repairs?)

Off the coast of Africa, the odds are slim that anyone dumb enough to drop anchor on a cable will be able to afford to pay for the repair.

Just like everything else, the cable owners have insurance that covers this type of thing.
Their premiums will eventually be high enough that they'll be paying for repairs out of pocket.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (1)

grahamm (8844) | more than 2 years ago | (#39183879)

The cable owners should claim against the ship, whose owners in turn claim off their third party liability insurance. Should it not be the same as a road accident where if a car or truck damages your property (either your vehicle or it hits your wall/house etc) then you claim from the driver/vehicle owner and the claim is paid by their insurance.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178271)

It's just statistics (probably). The Atlantic ocean alone average 50 damaged cables a year, you're going to have times where cables are breaking one day after another without pushing into anything statistically significant. Take 50 people in a room and ask them their birthdays, odds are (very, very) high you'll find two that share, it doesn't mean anything. You'll find several groups who all share birthdays on within the a week of each other. It doesn't mean anything other than humans are bad at thinking about probability.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178351)

Takes me back to Iran 2008 when all of the fiber cables going in to Iran got 'accidentally' severed at once. Huge denials about there being anything more than an unfortunate coincidence, yet not long afterwards when Iran held their elections there was a wave of twitter led demos contesting the result (the result was subsequently found to be correct by that Carter mob) All sorts of co ordinated net led attacks on Iranian government. Afterwards it becomes public that Congress had thrown a coupla hundred mill towards using IT esp social networking to disrupt Iran.
This time they had the coup first and are destroying the system afterwards. Way back in the early noughties before Africom, a certain Libyan leader took it upon himself to provide most of Africa north of the Equator with a cellular network. Now that the Libyan has been sodomised (literally as well as figuratively check out the uncut snuff vid) and the major telecommunications providers have finally realised that Africa is their last big untapped market, certain steps have to be taken to knock LAP Green, the Libyan company (100% owned by the people of Libya - what are they commies?) out of contention.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (1)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178779)

They lie. It was that same elderly Georgian woman, scavenging in scuba gear.

See? Not that much of a coincidence.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (1)

QX-Mat (460729) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178841)

Of course [nytimes.com] ... It's getting silly now :(

Re:The NRO tapped in again! (1)

anwyn (266338) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179777)

The National Reconnaissance Office needed to tap in again. If you splice into a cable that is active, people would notice. A lot of U.S. intellegence agencies want to know what is going on in the Middle East. The NRO and the Navy get the job.

I wish they would think of a more original excuse.

Re:Three others in the area severed 10 days ago? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 2 years ago | (#39181355)

Another bunch of accidental cable disruptions clustered in space and time? Am I paranoid to wonder if something's going on here? Or is it like how earthquakes get more press when they come in bunches?

A good time to take back the Internets [slashdot.org] ?

</sarcasm>

Story Time! (1, Interesting)

IonOtter (629215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39181697)

When I was in the Navy, on Oahu, a friend of mine was a research assistant and professor at University of Hawai'i on Oahu. They were doing research on the Hawaiian Monk Seal, and had to attach fake rocks with electronic gear to the reef.

They were working in 300 feet of water, which is extremely deep for SCUBA, and highly dangerous even with mixed gasses. Bottom time is around 15 minutes, and deco times are in hours. Because of this, they needed to be near a decompression chamber in case of an emergency, but the closest one at the time was on Maui.

However, the Navy Seals out of Pearl have a portable deco chamber, so UH approached the Navy about teaming the Seals with the UH dive team. It was a match made in technical heaven: the Seals got dive time, which is always at a premium, and the UH team got expert dive buddies and a portable deco chamber on their ship, the Moana Wave.

They were out like this for over a week, and everyone got pretty friendly. Things were working perfectly, no issues, on schedule, everyone happy. On one of the dives, they got to the bottom just outside of the entrance to Pearl Harbor, and were making their way to the work site. There in the sandy bottom, was a set of tracks.

Just like you would see laid down by a bulldozer or tank.

They were about 5' apart and around 6" wide, and went from deep to shallow, following the slope. They didn't have time to ponder it for long, since they only had less than 15 minutes to do the work. They kept going and came across another set of tracks, this set even wider, and the tracks likewise even wider. Again, no time to gawk, so they went on.

After a long deco stop near the surface, everyone was dead tired. Each diver needs the help of two people just to take off the tanks (they were wearing 6 tanks), so everyone is sitting on the benches, just chatting. One of the UH divers mentions the tank tracks on the bottom, and how neat they were.

One of the Seals chimes in, "Yeah, that's a new one! I didn't think we had one tha-" And suddenly remembers where he is, and who he's talking with, and clams up.

That was 1998. Technology has only advanced since then.

Hanlon's Razor is only sharp until the next bit of data comes along.

Re:Story Time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39181847)

US had the capability to tap underwater comm cables 40 years ago. [wikipedia.org] It's not exactly a conspiracy theory when it's right there on wikipedia.

The fools! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178087)

The fools! If only they'd built the cable with 4001 hulls! When will they LEARN?

CONSPIRACY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178091)

I wonder what batshit conspiracy the internet will decide is behind it this time.

Re:CONSPIRACY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178133)

Ponies. Gotta go with ponies on this one.

Re:CONSPIRACY (0)

Adriax (746043) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178165)

Close, it's the buggy whip manufacturers. Part of their plan to destabilize the world and send us back 200 years technology wise.

Re:CONSPIRACY (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178163)

See! SOPA isn't needed to take websites off line!

Re:CONSPIRACY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178329)

George Bush did it. That's why you haven't heard anything lately... he's in a scuba suit at the bottom of the ocean.

Thousands of gigabytes (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178125)

Together, the four fiber-optic cables channel thousands of gigabytes of information per second

They're called petabytes.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178185)

Together, the four fiber-optic cables channel thousands of gigabytes of information per second

They're called petabytes.

Sure. I know this. You know this. But if you say 'Peta' anything the media think you're against animal abuse.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178249)

Unless it is Peta-file

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178337)

People didn't know what a "mega" was. Then they didn't know what a "giga" was. You have to use the right terms or they'll never learn.

And while we're at it, the prefix giga means 10^9 in the International System of Units (SI), therefore 1 gigabyte is 1 000 000 000 bytes.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178705)

You must both be new here.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179231)

PETA can BITE my shiny metal ass.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39179563)

We prefer to just compost your ass, which is almost certainly of the white trash
variety rather than the metal variety.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

sixtyeight (844265) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179707)

Together, the four fiber-optic cables channel thousands of gigabytes of information per second

They're called petabytes.

Sure. I know this. You know this. But if you say 'Peta' anything the media think you're against animal abuse.

The media think now? When did this happen?

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178423)

No sir. They are called terabytes [wikipedia.org] .

Who cares (2)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#39182813)

Who cares what they're called. How many floppy disks does it take to hold them and under how many Olympic size swimming pools of water are those cables submerged?

Re:Who cares (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39188143)

I thought bandwidth was measured in speeding station wagons full of hard drives, or LoCs/sec.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (3, Informative)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178559)

Together, the four fiber-optic cables channel thousands of gigabytes of information per second

They're called petabytes.

Petabytes would be millions of gigabytes. For this one we go with terabytes.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

Nivag064 (904744) | more than 2 years ago | (#39183045)

I think you are all just being petty!

(Ducks real quick)

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39180013)

You fail at prefixes.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 2 years ago | (#39182201)

That's a geek fail so hard I would've wasted mod points on an AC for once. Do me a favor and don't code any metric-to-standard NASA subroutines.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#39183105)

"Gigabyte" is still the standard for the layperson. "More gigabytes" is better than "less gigabytes". If you ask the layperson what a terabyte is, they'll probably have no idea.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39184485)

"Gigabyte" is still the standard for the layperson. "More gigabytes" is better than "less gigabytes". If you ask the layperson what a terabyte is, they'll probably have no idea.

Perhaps, but some of us remember when Slashdot's readership could handle jargon more advanced than that you'd find on CNN.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39184721)

Good thing you posted as an AC since that was just embarrassing.

They are not called petabytes, they are called terabytes.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#39188111)

I thought it was terabytes. But that still doesn't sound as impressive as "thousands of gigabytes" or better yet "billions of kilobytes"

Oh noez (4, Funny)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178137)

So the internet is now leaking cats into the red sea?

Re:Oh noez (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179249)

So the internet is now leaking cats into the red sea?

It's a strange world [peta.org] in which we live.

Ocean pollution (2)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178161)

Now all those bits and bytes are now flowing into the sea

Think of the Pirates (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178169)

How can they make their ransom demands known without the modern benefit of high speed digital traffic on fibre?

Perhaps they could mail them the old fashioned way.

Racism Modded Up (0)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178201)

Glad to see Slashdot is consistant.

Re:Racism Modded Up (1)

mastershake82 (948396) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178335)

Since you didn't reply the comment you are trolling, I have to assume you are referring to the joke about "no more Nigerian scams!"

Actually, I believe they are Nigerian scams because they originate from Nigeria. Also, Nigerian people are referred to as Nigerians because they are from Nigeria. I don't really see how race plays any part in those two facts.

Re:Racism Modded Up (0)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178545)

The racism is bring up Nigerian Scams just because an article has something to do with Africa. Also Nigeria is on Africa's west coast so it is not East Africa at all.

Re:Racism Modded Up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178959)

seems like you are more upset about regional stereotypes and people who are bad at geography and less upset about racism on slashdot

Re:Racism Modded Up (2)

clonehappy (655530) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179387)

Because black people are from Africa. Any time you point out something bad about any area which is primarily black you are automatically a racist. It's actually a method used, ironically, by racists to project their hate onto someone else.

Nevermind that Nigeria is in Africa, and that no one said anything like "See all those black people will have to stop trying to scam us whites now that they have no Internet connection."

The pseudo-intellectual trendies on here will always try to point out some grand injustice to cover up their own hatred.

Re:Racism Modded Up (2)

mydn (195771) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179973)

Because black people are from Africa.

All people are from Africa.

Side Benefit (1)

Junior Samples (550792) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178257)

The Nigerian Scam spam seems to have fallen off a bit. I guess I'll just have to wait a little longer for those funds to arrive.

Greetings (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#39182835)

My name is Abu Mkumbu. I am writing to you as the director of the national Kenyan cable and Internet company. I am asking your assistance in the following matter. I was trying to move funds from my great grand fathers estate via electronic transfer, when a ship tore the cable that holds the secure bank line to my swiss bank account. Since I have no more access to my swiss bank account, I need someone trustworthy to assist me in getting these funds (US$14,113.142.78) out of my inflation ridden country. As a Kenyan national, i can not set up a bank account in your country. If you were to help me transfer the money, I will let you keep 10% of the estate as a transfer fee.

"thousands of gigabytes" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178355)

So, like terabytes then, right?

Move over, Nostradamus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39178675)

Amazingly, the event was predicted in explicit detail more than ten years ago by They Might Be Giants.
My Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4H7cYve6-Q

Re:Move over, Nostradamus (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#39184689)

You make them sound like Muad'Dib, but all they did was write a song that includes the image of an anchor or mooring scarping the floor of the ocean and severing an undersea cable as a simile for spinal cord damage. That sort of thing happens from time to time.

Restricted Area? What about liability? (4, Interesting)

NoKaOi (1415755) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178731)

What exactly does "restricted area" mean in this case? If this means ships are prohibited from dropping anchor there and the ship did anyway, what is the consequence to the captain and ship owner? Loss of license for the captain for violating restricted area? Jail time for vandalism? Ship's owner on the hook for the cost of repair? Seems like if this sort of thing is becoming common than some severe punishment might encourage others to be more careful in the future...especially if it means loss of career and/or freedom for the captain and significant loss of money to the owner.

Re:Restricted Area? What about liability? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39181149)

Insurance covers it all, then consumers pay for it in higher costs for goods due to higher operating costs. Restricted means it is marked as no anchorage on charts. It is unlikely it appeared on all charts since the cables were fairly new. My guess is that ships anchored in the area for years then the cables were placed which led to the accidents.

Re:Restricted Area? What about liability? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39181707)

I would hope that the ship's captain and owner would get some kind of sanction for such carelessness. Africa's telecom capability is fragile at best, and the fiber ring is a very important part of it. Several countries have been harmed (commercially) by careless anchoring.

Cape of Good Hope, AKA (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178747)

Cape of %4^af#53fe$^[[CARRIER LOST]]

Re:Cape of Good Hope, AKA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39180103)

Telecom companies were reeling over the weekend as engineers attempted to reroute data south along the East African coast and around the Cape of Good Hope

Indeed. They are currently reeling in the bloody remains of the first batch of engineers who lost their fist fights against the Great Whites at the Cape. The second batch is ready to go, with a hook carrying the replacement cable attached to their dry suits.

Re:Cape of Good Hope, AKA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39180753)

*laugh*

relevant videos on youtube (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 2 years ago | (#39178941)

Funny I was looking at this article on another aggregator (why is /. always so behind?) and so went digging and found these:

Here's one [youtube.com] (skip ahead to 1:40) and this is the other one [youtube.com] .

Re:relevant videos on youtube (1)

EnempE (709151) | more than 2 years ago | (#39180333)

"Hey, you scratched my anchor !"
Do you think they will be bold enough to sue for damage to their anchor ?

I have to ask (1)

TeTalon (142851) | more than 2 years ago | (#39179869)

Since we have on going operations in the Horn of Africa and have trouble spots like Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are fairly close by.
Could it be my Uncle Sam is using a spy sub to cut the cables and attach a device to bug the cable?
I ask this because it is something I would consider if I was the head of the NSA or CIA.
(Not that it makes it right)

But it would be a way to keep tabs on all the data traffic between Africa and that part of the Middle East.

Its a trap!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39179939)

Pirate ships are waiting just outside of radar range for the fiber repair vessels to come and fix the cables they broke.

communication interception (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39180607)

is it just me - when I hear about these so called "severing" of internet lines - I cant help but think that some spy/hacker network has hust hooked into the net to do man in middle interception.....

They have really good aim... (3, Interesting)

EmagGeek (574360) | more than 2 years ago | (#39180671)

You know that game where you drop a quarter into a fish tank and try to get it to fall into a shot glass to win a prize?

Somehow they keep dropping anchors through 5000 feet of water to hit a cable a few inches in diameter laying on the ocean floor.

Re:They have really good aim... (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 2 years ago | (#39182469)

Somehow they keep dropping anchors through 5000 feet of water to hit a cable a few inches in diameter laying on the ocean floor.

You drop the anchor or fishing net, start dragging it on ocean floor and you hit the line on the floor some day in some place.

Let me be not the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39181109)

"And nothing of value was lost"

Nice try NSA (1)

buttfuckinpimpnugget (662332) | more than 2 years ago | (#39181153)

We know you and your CIA splice team are on the job.

Spy time (1)

RocketRabbit (830691) | more than 2 years ago | (#39181983)

S which East African nation are we invading next?

seems unlikely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39182273)

Every time this happens, multiple underwater links get cut in rapid succession.

Anchored in a restricted area?... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39182467)

Not another Italian Captain?

Why did the CIA do it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39182801)

That's the question you should be asking yourself.

Those who ignore anchors (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | more than 2 years ago | (#39183873)

are doomed to repeat splicing. Seriously; how can any 'professional' still be designing undersea cabling having no shallows protection against anchor strikes, regardless the intent? Lowest bidder effect? Immorally lucrative service contract? What?
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