Three divers arrested for attempting to cut submarine Internet cable

By Shawn Knight ยท 9 replies
Mar 28, 2013
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  1. Three scuba divers have been arrested for attempting to cut an underwater Internet cable according to Egyptian military spokesperson Ahmed Mohammed Ali. The suspects were trying to sabotage the line from a fishing boat roughly 820 yards from Alexandria and...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Wow. They must've taken 'phishing' literally. I wonder why no one explained the difference to them.
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  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,149   +915

    I would love to hear what possible explanation they come up with, What reason do they have for cutting internet lines?

    "so why did you try and cut those lines?"

    "eerrrmm, I saw a cat dressed as Hitler on the internet, it offended me so I tried to cut the internet off..."
  4. There is no way that those divers were not working for some government.
    Wendig0 and psycros like this.
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,877   +1,298

    This kind of undeclared warfare started in the early 2000's but largely died down for the better part of a decade. Two years ago it started becoming a regular occurrence again. Fingers have quietly been pointed at both Russia and Iran.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Interesting. If a line were cut/broken can they actually tell where the exact break is? Otherwise it seems very difficult to police such a thing, especially in the case of the pacific cables.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    820 yards off shore. So about a half a mile at best. What makes me laugh is this, Who benifits from this action. Who does it hurt. Well it benifits anyone who wants to control the information in the area. Who suffers?? Well that would be the good ppl of egypt. So this looks more like damage control then any actual sabatoge. Logic dictates (I know, that pesky logic) that the information as to the exact location around a half a mile out into the ocean of a roughly 3 inch cable line had to come from somewhere internally within Egypts own govt. Sounds to me as if Egypt is about to have another uprising. One someone doesnt want the world to see. This is concerning as we as a society and as a species rely on the non stop info to keep informed. If someone was cutting WEB access then someone wants to do something in or to Egypt that they dont want the rest of the world to see.
  8. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    There are ways to tell how long a cable is using simple testing utilities. They could go to one of the routers and figure out how long the cable is from that router, thus telling them exactly where it had been cut.
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Haha this is hilarious
  10. Buster Keaton

    Buster Keaton TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Yep, sure is hilarious. Until YOUR access goes down because of it.

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