Thursday, March 28, 2013

Egyptian Submarine Cable Cut: Sabotage Suspected

The submarine cable which was reported cut Wednesday has been suspected of sabotage activity, says Egypt.

Three men suspected of slicing a crucial undersea Internet cable have been arrested.

It may be added that widespread internet connectivity problems were experienced with the disruption of signals in South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) cable, that runs 12,500 miles from France to Singapore, with branches connecting telecommunication companies in Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia and Algeria. The cable stopped carrying traffic at 6:20 UTC on Wednesday.

Egypt published photos of three men in a boat with their hands tied along with scuba diving tanks. The men were apprehended just offshore where SEA-ME-WE 4 reaches land, according to a Facebook posting purportedly by Egypt's military.

Read more at Computer World
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