Third undersea cable severed in Mideast

Third undersea cable severed in Mideast

Summary: I am not going to parrot the inevitable sky is falling warnings that are sure to come from pundits everywhere regarding the just heard news that a third undersea cable in the Mideast has been cut. Coincidence or well timed targeted attack?

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I am not going to parrot the inevitable sky is falling warnings that are sure to come from pundits everywhere regarding the just heard news that a third undersea cable in the Mideast has been cut. Coincidence or well timed targeted attack? will be the question of the day. Most likely it is coincidence. Anchors have an uncanny way of finding cables just as backhoes are the bane of terrestrial fiber.

But, I would like to disagree with Eric Schoonover, a senior analyst with TeleGeography. According to this article:

Schoonover said a similar Internet problem could not happen in the United States.

"We have all the content here," he said. "It's not going to be felt other than we won't get the BBC."

Nice attempt at calming the waters but network issues have a way of cascading. What if US oil and gas companies that have operations in the Mideast put some back up services there? What if another coincidence shuts down a data center in the US and the backups cannot occur in time because of unreachable storage devices? What about all the "Business Process Outsourcing" handled in India? Try telling Dell, or Microsoft, both companies that rely on Indian support services, that "most of our content is here".

The US has had its own problems. Backhoes have taken out big chunks of the Internet. Routing flaps, bad route announcements, attacks on Cisco vulnerabilities could all impair our beloved Internet.

It's one 'Net now. Anyone relying on the Internet for their business has to be concerned about its inherent vulnerability and prepare for it as best they may.

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  • I am not going to parrot the inevitable sky is falling warnings...

    [i]Nice attempt at calming the waters but network issues have a way of cascading. What if US oil and gas companies that have operations in the Mideast put some back up services there? What if another coincidence shuts down a data center in the US and the backups cannot occur in time because of unreachable storage devices? What about all the ?Business Process Outsourcing? handled in India? Try telling Dell, or Microsoft, both companies that rely on Indian support services, that ?most of our content is here.[/i]

    Um, I think you just did.
    MGP2
  • Once is accident...

    Twice is coincidence.

    Three times is enemy action. There is no way in hell a third cable being cut this soon isn't deliberate.

    Not that it affects me, but those who use the net in the Middle East must really be steamed about it...
    wolf_z
    • Third times a charm! (nt)

      ;)
      GuidingLight
  • RE: Third undersea cable severed in Mideast

    Isolation is the first step of control..... Right?
    icolt45@...
  • Right. So the guess would be

    that every ship in the Middle East decided to drop anchor in the same place at the same time?

    Seriouslly, if they were so easy to snag, it would have happened many a time by now.
    GuidingLight
  • RE: Third undersea cable severed in Mideast

    The Internet is a great technology, if one line is cut, traffic can just be re-directed. In this case through the United States. I wonder will this "spy satellite" be falling in the zone affected by these "cable cuts".. and if so, what the hell is on that thing that is worth the billions of affected business from India to Egypt.
    oisinrood@...
  • RE: Third undersea cable severed in Mideast

    Yes, cables have been cut before in many places by various means, Blackberries have gone down by the thousands...large portions of the country have even gone dark for days at a time. Businesses lost massive amounts of productivity time as a result.

    And you know what? As soon as connectivity was re-established, most of the stuff that couldn't be done during the downtime got done, and life went on. Contrary to what large corporations would like to believe, the world as a whole does not grind to a halt if some businesses spend a few days making less money than they expected to.
    Ginevra
  • Leave it severed, 3rd world dump India...

    Who gives a care in the world, so what some 3rd world
    atheist dump living in a world of trash.

    Rampant aids and other diseases cut this dump land
    off.

    Heaven forbid we may not get sent to a offshored
    call center!

    NO more India or other 3rd world sh*t holes.
    Rebel_Pride