A 75-year old grandmother accidentally cut off Internet service to Armenia residents on Thursday, after she was looking for copper. The elderly woman single-handedly took down an entire network in Georgia after she sliced through the fiber cable with a shovel; Azerbaijan's service was also disrupted.
While the elderly lady was looking for scrap metal, she stumbled upon the underground fiber-optic cable, cutting it open with her shovel to look for copper. As Foxnews and Nakedsecurity explain, the intent of cutting open the cable was to steal the copper to sell it. The shovel wielding woman was nicknamed the 'spade-hacker' by local media outlets.
The fiber that was sliced served all of Armenia, more than 90% of Georgia and parts of Azerbaijan. Service was disrupted for more than five hours while the cable was repaired, restoring Internet to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan residents.
The elderly woman was arrested at the scene and later released after the investigation and may face charges.