Global Internet Cable Cut, 3 Arrested So Far!

Three culprits, cyber terrorists or is it suspects have been arrested for willing fully causing global data crunch for reasons best known to themselves!
This has caused Internet speeds to cripple and most African countries have been affected as other back up routes have been also facing serious challenges.
According to a report in in the Guardian, it says:
Egyptian naval forces have arrested three
scuba divers who they say were trying to cut an
undersea cable off the port of Alexandria that
provides one-third of all internet capacity
between Europe and Egypt. However the navy who captured the men had
no explanation of who they were working for,
where they came from or why they would want
to disrupt Egypt’s internet communications. Pictures on the Egyptian coastguard’s Facebook page showed the three men tied up on board a boat, and alleged they were cutting
an undersea cable partly owned by Telecom
Egypt, the country’s main communications
organisation. The men had been on a fishing
boat, said a statement by Colonel Ahmed
Mohammed Ali, but offered no other details. The world internet submarine cable map by the telecoms analysis company Telegeography
shows that six cables come aground at
Alexandria. The men were allegedly trying to
cut the SeaWeMe-4 (South-east Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) cable, able to carry a
third of the traffic between Europe and Egypt.
Covering a distance of 20,000km, it enters the
sea at Marseilles and makes landfall in Annaba
in 15 other countries including Sri Lanka,
Thailand and India. Map showing the location of Sea-We-Me-4 cable. Source: Telegeography It is one of eight undersea cables between
Europe and Egypt – so cutting one would not
immediately destroy connectivity, but would
lead to congestion and slowdowns. However reports earlier this week suggested
cable breaks on four cables around Egypt –
IMEWE (linking France to India via Alexandria
and Suez), TE-North (owned by Telecom
Egypt), EIG (Europe India Gateway), and SEA-
ME-WE-3, a partner to the cable that was allegedly attacked. That would cause
significant Internet services in Egypt have been suffering
disruption since 22 March, apparently after a
ship’s anchor cut through another cable. Worldwide, undersea cables carry 99% of
intercontinental internet traffic, and form
complex networks across the world. Jim
Cowie, co-founder and chief technology officer
at the network security company Renesys, said
that internet connections had been slowed down as far away as Pakistan and India. Internet connectivity in the Middle East was
seriously affected in 2008 when ships’ anchors cut through cables, which cut capacity between Europe and Africa by up to 70%.

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