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Third Undersea Cable Cut

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the someone-doesn't-like-connect-the-dots dept.

Communications 655

Many readers are reporting that another undersea fiber optic cable has been cut, apparently caused by another wayward anchor. It looks like Iran has completely lost Internet connectivity."

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Third cut? (5, Insightful)

Eevee (535658) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265560)

Once is accident.

Twice is coincidence.

Thrice is enemy action.

Re:Third cut? (5, Interesting)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265600)

Yes, it does seem suspicious, especially since it's Iran--a country that's in the news a lot lately, and with whom communication may be rather important.

If this is followed by reports of various despicable actions in Iran which cannot be verified due to the lack of communication, then it would be even more suspicious.

Re:Third cut? (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265756)

If this is followed by reports of various despicable actions in Iran which cannot be verified due to the lack of communication, then it would be even more suspicious.
Meanwhile a U.S. effort to bring aid to the Kurds has been proven successful. "Operation Dredge Massive Underwater Machete" has stated that its peaceful goals have been accomplished and will slowly pass the rest of Iran's coast in a return to its base in India.

Re:Third cut? (3, Funny)

Poltras (680608) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266334)

First scuba: "Hey dude! I found the cables!"
Second scuba: "Cool. Now cut the red one. No, not that one, the other one. No not this one!"
First scuba: "Hey man! Sorry, I'm colorblind.."
Second scuba: "Sh.t! That's 2 dude. We were simply supposed to cut the good one... Now gimme those scissors. There you go."

Re:Third cut? (4, Funny)

monkeyboythom (796957) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266488)

Sigh...more fairy tales from teh Intarweb...

We all know that colorblind people can see colors correctly underwater while those who have correct vision cannot.

First scuba: "Hey dude! I found the cables!" Second scuba: "Cool. Now cut the red one. No, not that one, the other one. No not this one!" First scuba: "Hey man! Sorry, I'm colorblind.." Second scuba: "Sh.t! That's 2 dude. We were simply supposed to cut the good one... Now gimme those scissors. There you go."

Re:Third cut? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22266474)

At least now we know they cant buy parts for their nuclear weapons online anymore.

Re:Third cut? (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265774)

The cable is actually number four - if I count correctly.

Target Iran - or a trading delay for the Gulf countries. Any how. No Accident.

Re:Third cut? (3, Insightful)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266320)

Sorry to muss your tin hat, but its no accident that all this is happening just after someone made the monumentally stupid decision that boats should anchor in the same area as the cables.

This is more likely down to one of two things, attempted money saving or pointless bureaucracy.

I say this because I have serious doubt that if the US were going to do it, they'd have done it in secret. I'd go for it being done after some threats, or as part of an actual invasion, and I don't see one anywhere, do you? It's not as if this could really stop Iran or anyone conducting war, there are these little things called satellites.

Yes it would disrupt business, but um, what good would that do the US Government? None in the short term, and in the long term the cable would be fixed.

Re:Third cut? (5, Interesting)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266582)

One in Marseilles, one in Suez. Not the same ruddy deal. The new break is on the FLAG cable - in yest another place: 56 kms from Dubai on a segment between the UAE and Oman.

You seem to be a knee-jerk skeptic, who's "Nothing to see here, move along" displays not - as you presume - intelligence, but rather a susceptibility to Jedi mind-tricks.

Re:Third cut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22266638)

Stupid boat anchors are the new trackhoes of the sea.

Re:Third cut? (3, Insightful)

crmarvin42 (652893) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266758)

I say this because I have serious doubt that if the US were going to do it, they'd have done it in secret.
I'm not a tinfoil hat type, I don't see conspiracy where ever I look, but why would it have to be the US?

Re:Third cut? (3, Interesting)

Bent Mind (853241) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266310)

I thought this was interesting:

"We had another cut today between Dubai and Muscat three hours back. The cable was about 80G capacity, it had telephone, Internet data, everything," one Flag official, who declined to be named, told Zawya Dow Jones.

The cable, known as Falcon, delivers services to countries in the Mediterranean and Gulf region, he added.

"It may take sometime to fix the cut but we are rerouting the traffic to another cable in the U.K. and U.S., the bandwidth utilization will go down," the official said.

So, a "Flag official, who declined to be named" reports that a major portion of the Gulf region's communications are being rerouted through the US and UK.

It's probably not as fishy as it sounds. I seem to recall a major portion of all Internet traffic at least passes through the US. However, it does make you wonder.

Re:Third cut? (3, Insightful)

GnomeThinker (1070460) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266454)

So, a "Flag official, who declined to be named" reports that a major portion of the Gulf region's communications are being rerouted through the US and UK. It's probably not as fishy as it sounds. I seem to recall a major portion of all Internet traffic at least passes through the US. However, it does make you wonder.
Of course this adds an interesting twist to the NSA wanting to access the 'tubes' that are running through the USA and the big worry that the anti-terrorism battle will be horribly lost if we don't let them sniff every packet that crosses the continent.

Re:Third cut? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265648)

Last night while sitting in my chair
I pinged a host that wasn't there
It wasn't there again today
The host resolved to NSA.

Re:Third cut? (1)

VoiceOfDoom (875772) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265804)

That is pure genius

Re:Third cut? (1)

djones101 (1021277) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265982)

I yearn to have mod points simply to mod you up for that gem.

Re:Third cut? (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266622)

Brilliant. You made me LOL. Thanks.

Re:Third cut? (5, Funny)

bigdavex (155746) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265674)

A communications disruption can mean only one thing - invasion.

Re:Third cut? (1)

Freeside1 (1140901) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266314)

How do you say 'Firesale' in Farsi?

Re:Third cut? (5, Funny)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266620)

Whatever it is, it probably literally translates to "bad movie".

Re:Third cut? (4, Interesting)

_Sharp'r_ (649297) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266426)

Around January 18th, news reports are that several city's power grids have been recently attacked via the internet. [forbes.com]

In completely unrelated news, a couple of weeks later large portions of mideast anti-western terrorist sponsoring areas had internet access disrupted or cut off in a series of coincidental unobserved "accidents".

Hmm.....

Re:Third cut? (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266632)

What is that from again? It's been so long.

Re:Third cut? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265696)

yes funny. does not slashdot realize we have had a sub that can do just that for decades?

http://72.14.205.104/search?q=cache:3fK6ZB19WjIJ:msl1.mit.edu/furdlog/docs/cnn/2005-02-18_cnn_optical_taps.pdf+fiber+submarine+cia&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us&client=opera [72.14.205.104]

keep laughing guys and gals why the spies among us earn their salary. :-P

Re:Third cut? (2, Interesting)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265822)

yes funny. does not slashdot realize we have had a sub that can do just that for decades?
This was about cutting a cable not tapping it. And apparently you don't need a special sub for that, a plain old boat anchor works just fine. Still, it is very suspicious that all three of the undersea cables have been cut within such a short time period. Considering that Egypt was already talking about rationing bandwidth they've got to be shitting themselves now.

Re:Third cut? (4, Insightful)

riseoftheindividual (1214958) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265948)

If this is the work of our spies, they aren't earning their salary. They're incompetent bastards who should be fired for lacking any type of stealth or subtlety.

How much tech do you really need to cut a cable? It doesn't seem like it would require much in the way of high tech capability. Given that these cables are communication lines carrying western influences into muslim countries, I would say that at this point, we should not rule out militant acts to make a statement about wanting a reduction of western influence.

If this is our spies, this would seem to be a pretty boneheaded execution of tapping lines. But, since they work for the government, we can't rule out boneheadedness. Or just really bizzarre random chance, though that's kind of hard for me personally to swallow at this point.

Re:Third cut? (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266154)

That would be if we all assume it was our guys (Americans/Canadians) that did it, however a small third world country trying to pierce through oppression or a rebel group like al quedea might only have the means to drag an anchor on the bottom of the ocean...i still think it strange though they were all cut within a short period of time, no coincidences for me!

Re:Third cut? (1)

littlerubberfeet (453565) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266156)

There was a point in time when ships were the communication lines carrying western influences into Muslim countries. As for tapping lines: why bother with a physical tap? I'm sure Cisco has a back-door arrangement with the NSA. Besides, all the major peering points (except those that handle internal traffic in large countries like China and Russia) are western controlled.

Re:Third cut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22266688)

You break it in one location so you can tap it in another... hmm....

Re:Third cut? (3, Funny)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265784)

and Four Times is shrimp getting to like the taste of plastic coating.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265888)

I am too willing to accept that something is fishy when the only 3 cables that were holding comm link to the middle east are somehow ALL cut in the same exact way. Send in the Grissom from CSI
he'll tell you it is almost improbable to have the 3 cables cut in the same matter , more likely
someone who wanted to cut communication, so the question becomes, not how or why, but more importantly who???

USA - maybe
Rebels - maybe
Russia or China - 100%

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (5, Funny)

Bloke down the pub (861787) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265914)

I am too willing to accept that something is fishy
It's in the bloody sea, what do you expect?

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (4, Funny)

XenoPhage (242134) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266098)

I am too willing to accept that something is fishy
It's in the bloody sea, what do you expect?
Bloody? Fishy? ...

Wrong on so many levels...

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (4, Funny)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266348)

It's in the bloody sea, what do you expect?
The Revelations haven't happened (yet). It's still the "regular" sea.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (2, Funny)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266724)

At risk of being off-topic, Ann Coulter just said she'd back Hillary [cnn.com] , so I think the four horsemen should be around here any minute now.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266494)

I am too willing to accept that something is fishy
It's in the bloody sea, what do you expect?
Sharks... hopefully, with laser beams attached to their heads.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (2, Insightful)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265916)

Out of curiosity while would Russia or China be more likely then the USA to want to cut communications with the middle east? Also, by defining USA and Rebels as a maybe, they by definition must be more than 0% likely, therefore it's impossible to then list Russia or China as 100%.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (3, Funny)

mrwolf007 (1116997) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266304)

Also, by defining USA and Rebels as a maybe, they by definition must be more than 0% likely, therefore it's impossible to then list Russia or China as 100%.
Not if it was cut in three different places.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (4, Funny)

jo42 (227475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266248)

This is something that the damned Yankees would do as prelude to invading Iran -- to stop all the bloggers from documenting the invasion and getting the rest of the Arab and Muslim worlds up in arms.

Hey, you wanted a "Conspiracy".

PS. Osama is hanging out on GWB's ranch in Texas - that's why they can't find him.

Re:Third cut? do i smell Conspiracy BS? (2, Insightful)

RingDev (879105) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266568)

How many ways are there to cut a cable buried at the bottom of the ocean? Saying that it is improbablr for them to be cut in the same way is absurd. That's like saying it's improbably for 3 people to be shot by a gun, as opposed to beat to death or suffocated with it.

It is improbable for 3 cables to be cut in such a short time frame, but the manner in which they were cut is entirely plausible and expected.

More importantly, look at what did cause it. Are the lines running under high traffic waters? If so, why did it take this long for one of the lines to get caught? If not, why were those boats trying to anchor there? What was causing the movement of the anchor? Storms? Idiots? Tides?

And truly, it's really not even that unlikely. Running cables next to each other makes maintenance easier, so it would lie in reason that if you are dragging an anchor across one, you are likely going to drag across the other. And once you cut the line, you are going to wind up with more vehicles in the area attempt to repair and investigate the situation. And with more traffic you increase the likelihood of another accident.

-Rick

So let me get this straight... (1)

Xelios (822510) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265940)

All I have to do to cripple the electronic infrastructure between countries for over a week is enlist a few boats to drag their anchors across the sea floor? Obviously you can't just cut one cable and take out an entire country's connectivity, but a coordinated attack seems like it could do some serious damage. Maybe we should be burying these cables a little deeper?

"The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" (5, Insightful)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266010)

"Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines, their telephones, their lawnmowers, throw them into darkness for a few hours, and then sit back and watch the pattern."

"This pattern is always the same?"

"With few variations. They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find.... and it's themselves. All we need do is sit back and watch."

"I take it that this place...this Maple Street...is not unique."

"By no means. Their world is full of Maple Streets, and we'll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves."

Got Cash? (0)

littlerubberfeet (453565) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266122)

So, those flag-of-convenience container ships are run by underpaid, overworked captains. I'm sure if you gave one of them $25,000 or so, they would be more than happy to conduct an "anchor test" for a couple hours while they move over a cable lay.

Someone with a few million and access to some corrupt captains could cut quite a few lines very easily.

Just a though.

Re:Third cut? (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266184)

well at least now we know redundency is a foreign concept to them. If there's ever a war, all we have to do is slice some cables and the entire...what like middle east and part of asia or something loses their ability to launch cyber attacks and communicate? Not very bright over there, are they? Even worse, don't foreign companies own the fiber cables and they're just leasing them? Forget slicing them, they could say "we don't like your country anymore" and disconnect them and apparently they have no backup connections at all. They're taking one small step for stupid network design and one giant leap for stupidity in general.

Stating the bleedin' obvious.. (1)

Shuntros (1059306) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266600)

Juts mentioned this story to the girlfriend... Her response? "That'll be the American anti-terrorist strategy then...". Such insight for one so innocent...

Re:Third cut? (1)

Divebus (860563) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266658)

Iran wants to limit Internet access to its citizens anyway. Well, there you go.

Re:Third cut? (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266728)

I couldn't help but think the same thing. I didn't bother to RTFA so.
[FUD]Is this the "cyberwar" that has been talked about?[/FUD]

Well that's a bitch (0)

krog (25663) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265564)

I always look forward to fresh news from my RSS feed of the latest fatwas...

So you're telling me... (1)

erareno (1103509) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265574)

Iran just got their internets pwned? =O

frozed pease (1)

Mipoti Gusundar (1028156) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265586)

I for one am welcomming ou're new .. ..NO CARRIER

This is getting exciting! (2, Funny)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265594)

*brings out the popcorn*

Re:This is getting exciting! (4, Funny)

nebenfun (530284) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265814)

I'm in Tehran. I hope my Seinfeld torrents finish. Everything is going fine...#@&$(*&NO CARRIER

Re:This is getting exciting! (4, Funny)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266170)

NO INTERNET FOR YOU!

Iran hasn't lost connectivity (5, Informative)

anotherone (132088) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265602)

Iran hasn't lost connectivity, the specific router that Internet Traffic Report is checking has lost connectivity.

Even the University that hosts the router that ITR is checking is still up: http://www.iust.ac.ir/ [iust.ac.ir]

Re:Iran hasn't lost connectivity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265794)

Don't worry. We'll cut those next. Bwahahahahaaaaa.... Oops, did I write that out loud?

Re:Iran hasn't lost connectivity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265840)

And chugging hard now, thank you very much!

Reprehensible (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265616)

Is it really worth blacking-out entire continents to push an agenda?

Putting the puzzle pieces together (4, Insightful)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265624)

It was widely reported from a variety of whistleblowers at the turn of the millennium that the U.S. was preparing the U.S.S. Jimmy Carter to be able to tap underwater fibre-optic cables. See Bamford's Body of Secrets [amazon.com] for exmaple.

That this operation was carried out on the submarine named after the president who did the most to reduce spying on civilian targets shows just how petty and spiteful the professional privacy violators in the NSA are.

Re:Putting the puzzle pieces together (2, Insightful)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265710)

It was widely reported from a variety of whistleblowers at the turn of the millennium that the U.S. was preparing the U.S.S. Jimmy Carter to be able to tap underwater fibre-optic cables. See Bamford's Body of Secrets [amazon.com] for exmaple.

That this operation was carried out on the submarine named after the president who did the most to reduce spying on civilian targets shows just how petty and spiteful the professional privacy violators in the NSA are.

What does that have to do with anything? You don't need a sophisticated submarine just to break the cables in half. All you need to do that is a ship with an anchor and an approximate idea of where the cables are located.

Tapping a cable is a subtle move, requiring a lot of technical expertise and work. Breaking one isn't.

Ya but conspiracy theories have to be complicated! (1, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266002)

You can't have a conspiracy theory if it is simple and straight forward. After all, a simple straight forward plan involving just a few people might actually work. No, rather it has to be massively and unnecessarily complicated with lots of intricate connections. That way, the people who notice the conspiracy are great geniuses for being able to see what nobody else could!

Seriously, it is just more of the same shit like moon landing conspiracy or 9/11 conspiracy. You've probably noticed that we have a fair amount of nutters on /. and of course they are going to subscribe to wacky conspiracies.

This is just going to be one more of those. However it doesn't work if it is something simple, they are only compelling if they are twisted and convoluted and something only the US government with its massive resources could pull off. A sub with some secret cable cutter sound so much better than a fishing trawler with an anchor.

Re:Putting the puzzle pieces together (1)

aschoeff (864154) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266050)

A Subtle Knife, for a subtle move?

Say it isn't so! All we need now is the NSA being responsible for draining the Dust out of the world.

Re:Putting the puzzle pieces together (1)

merreborn (853723) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266616)

You don't need a sophisticated submarine just to break the cables in half. All you need to do that is a ship with an anchor and an approximate idea of where the cables are located.

Tapping a cable is a subtle move, requiring a lot of technical expertise and work. Breaking one isn't.
Well said. If this was a tapping, it wouldn't have made international news -- the outtage wouldn't have lasted more than a few minutes at worst.

Re:Putting the puzzle pieces together (2, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265826)

"That this operation was carried out on the submarine named after the president who did the most to reduce spying on civilian targets shows just how petty and spiteful the professional privacy violators in the NSA are."
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.....
Sorry.
The Jimmy Carter is the last of the Seawolf class submarines. The newer Virgina class is actually lower tech and cost than the Seawolf.
They named it the Jimmy Carter because he served on Nuclear Submarines. It was named in his honor. it was modified for spying because it was the best for the job and the last available.
Since he launched it and said what an honor it was to have it named after him all I can say is.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha......
Really..

Fourth Undersea Cable (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265684)

... crashes into field in PA.

Re:Fourth Undersea Cable (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266740)

Undersea cable... Field in Pennsylvania... I'm getting nauseous.

Anchor? (1)

band-aid-brand (1068196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265686)

apparently caused by another wayward anchor in this case, the word anchor means "specially engineered cable cutting device capable of precision slices while on the ocean floor"

I smell... (-1, Troll)

sykopomp (1133507) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265692)

..a nukular war being readied as the final action of a desperate failure of an administration.

the real reson is.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265708)

Old quote of the day, "one should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers."

Poopy poop (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265716)

Poopy poop poopity poop poop. I like eating poop.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265718)

Iran declares jihad on the ocean.

they forgot the 3rd one when they put in the taps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265722)

$5 they are dropping in fiber taps on these.

Can anyone enlighten me? (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265732)

What are these undersea cables constructed with? I mean the cabling, insulation, and outer casing.

Re:Can anyone enlighten me? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265768)

Tires and skunks.

Re:Can anyone enlighten me? (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265874)

Calvin: If girls are made with sugar and spice and everything nice...and boys are made with snips and snails and puppy dog tails...what are tigers made out of?

Hobbes: Dragon flys and Katydids, but mostly chewed up little kids.

Re:Can anyone enlighten me? (1)

Kerstyun (832278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266046)

...what are tigers made out of?
Dead an stoopid [slashdot.org] wetback's

Re:Can anyone enlighten me? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265928)

Yes, the BBC can enlighten you!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7222536.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Anchors... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265740)

The backhoe of the sea.

Not the tubes!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22265748)

So did the tubes get clogged? crushed?

I can't get my head around this whole interweb thing... to many tubes.

Re:Not the tubes!!! (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265838)

Well, to make it simple, the sad news is that the trucks can't drive through them no more.

A disruption of communication can mean only one... (1, Troll)

lthown (737539) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265810)

thing: war - the advisor dude from Star Wars Episode 1. Looks like the trade federation is coming for the Arabs!

InformationWarfare (1)

SupremeDiety (658660) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265830)

I feel like America is going to do something stupid.

Re:InformationWarfare (2, Insightful)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265938)

I feel like America is going to do something stupid.
"Going to"? Been doing stupid things for awhile I would say, hmm?

When will they learn.... Oblig quote (5, Funny)

hermit_tries_virtual (1229948) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265850)

Fry: What's happening?

Dr. Zoidberg: All 6,000 hulls have been breached!

Fry: Oh, the fools! If only they'd built it with 6,001 hulls! When will they learn?

Curretn Events and Submarines... (1)

Farakin (1101889) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265876)

Did you know North Korea has teh most submarines in the world? hmmmmmmmmm, me thinks someone meant them all to go down at the same time.

Slowing down our outsourced jobs? (1)

FunkyELF (609131) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265898)

Is this part of some plan to slow town our Indian and Asian counter-parts?

US Navy Frogmen (1)

myrikhan (1136505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22265994)

Hey, US Navy Frogmen/Frogpersons need work too!

The Palestinian-Israeli situation doesn't look so good so perhaps
Bush is looking for a different legacy.

Rerouting traffic (1)

belthize (990217) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266042)

The thing that jumped out at me was:

"It may take sometime to fix the cut but we are rerouting the traffic to another cable in the U.K. and U.S., the bandwidth utilization will go down," the official said.

      Certainly 3 cuts (or 4 depending on your numbering system) seems awfully strange. If you assume it's intentional
the obvious (to me) question is why, to what end ?

      Isolation isn't really practical with cell phones etc, the fact that they've rerouted all the way through
the US and UK (really ?) implies sniffing. Seems like a fairly cumbersome way to do it, why not just quietly
reroute or even duplicate the traffic.

      Not saying it was intentional ... just pondering the reasoning if it was.

Belthize

Re:Rerouting traffic (1)

lexarius (560925) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266200)

"Oops, sorry about those cables. We'll just pop on down there and patch them right up." - with "patches" that wiretap the cable and allow for man-in-the-middle attacks. Maybe?

Re:Rerouting traffic (1)

belthize (990217) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266372)

Maybe....

      It's certainly curious having so many chopped cables in 1 week. That
backhoe operator certainly was out of his depth.

Belthize

Re:Rerouting traffic (1)

Kadin2048 (468275) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266498)

Isolation isn't really practical with cell phones etc
That's a pretty silly statement. A cellphone is just a tiny little radio transceiver, only capable of hitting the nearest tower. Where do you think the signal goes once it reaches there? Hint, it's into the same telecommunications system that feeds into the undersea cables.

The only part of the infrastructure that cellphones provide an alternative or parallel to, are the lines running from the CO to your house. It doesn't save you if the problem is in one of the backbone segments.

Now, if you have a satellite phone (e.g. Iridium, Telstar), then you have a truly parallel network, at least until you get to the downlink station where it rejoins POTS. But I'm pretty sure such things are illegal in Iran, except for Western journalists and the elite. They're not something that regular folks have access to.

That said, if Iran wanted to cut off its own people, say for the purpose of doing something really nasty internally, they have easier ways to do it than cutting cables in the Med. I'm not buying that particular conspiracy theory. Neither does it seem like anything the U.S. would do, or derive much benefit from, particularly given the alternatives the U.S. has at its disposal (including the cable-tapping submarines that have been mentioned over and over in this thread so far).

The most likely possibilities to me are: (1) it was a terrorist act aimed at disrupting the most heavily Westernized parts of the Middle East, by a group with fairly limited resources, or (2) it was truly an accident or coincidence.

Iranian government's website still works... (1)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266078)

president.ir, the website for the Islamic Republic of Iran Presidential Office is still up. So it's not a complete Internet blackout, but it could be just a certain geographic region (or a damn good coincidence).

Cloverfield 2 (5, Funny)

Lurker2288 (995635) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266110)

So let's see, three cables in three days...that puts the monster in Manhattan by what, next Thursday, give or take a few isolated fishing vessels between here and there? Better charge up those handicams, kids!

Re:Cloverfield 2 (1)

Kitanin (7884) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266612)

Best check your math---this one appears to be travelling Eastward. =)

Re:Cloverfield 2 (4, Funny)

John Whitley (6067) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266738)

If it is the Cloverfield monster, here's the moral imperative of anyone caught in its landfall zone: SHOOT TO KILL any and all person(s) caught in public with a camcorder but without a steadicam rig...! ;-)

In related news (5, Funny)

ObiWanStevobi (1030352) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266208)

Office productivity throughout the Middle East has risen sharply.

CLOVERFIELD LIVES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22266236)

It's the Cloverfield monster! He's chewing the damn cables. bloody pest.

The Great White Backhoe (5, Funny)

xleeko (551231) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266408)

<french-accent>
This reclusive giant of the deep, the Great White Backhoe, spends most of its life in quiet solitude. But, once every seven years, as if called by some unknown force, these gentle beasts gather in great numbers to feast upon the cables of the ocean floor.
</french-accent>

damn we're screwed (0, Offtopic)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266412)

Now that Iran's source of pornographic material has been cut off, the population will go Jihad on our ass.

Dolphins did it. (1)

dow (7718) | more than 6 years ago | (#22266664)

You are all so wrong you wouldn't believe. Nuclear War? Russia? China? USA? Bwahahaha...

The dolphins are mobilizing... They are allied with Porpoises, and Duck Billed Platypus'.

YOU ARE ALL DOOMED!!!
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