Three of four underseas Internet sub-cables broken

According to telecom provider Interoute, three of the four underseas sub-cables connecting Asia to North America have been severed for unknown reasons. These cables carry more than 75% of the internet traffic between the America, Europe, and the Middle East. The cut occurred today somewhere in the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Tunisia, though, at present, the reasons for the cut are unknown; nevertheless, France Telecom has stated that it thinks an attack is "unlikely."

At present, 65% of internet traffic with India is offline, 59% with Singapore, 44% with Malaysia, 55% with Saudi Arabia, 52% with Egypt, 39% with Taiwan, and 51% with Pakistan. Yemen and Sudan have also reported phone and Internet difficulties Friday, though it is unclear whether this is tied to the outage. The breakage will probably take several days for the cables to be repaired, so business traffic is currently being routed through lines going to the US. More updates as they come.

In January this year a breakdown in an international undersea cable network disrupted Internet links to Egypt, India and Gulf Arab countries.

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jkrupa128 said,
For the last three days i've received alot less spam mail. I wonder if this had anything to do with it.

when that "mccolo" crowd died off a few weeks back i received no spam for days. now its back to a few messages a day. somewhat less than i was receiving a month or two ago.

duneworld, thats what i want to know.
3 out 4 cables? is that really all we have? do they not have any better way to lay these lines? might be easier to just sent maybe 2 lines into space and have some hanging lines from the sky... i dunno, whole thing sounds sort of silly to me in the way it was put. I guess its just seeing 3 out of 4 lines... maybe thats why the internet is so slow, we only have 4 tubes to share with, and the politicians said it the best. We are just all cramming up our 4 tubes with too much LOL, well, now 1 tube right? lol

Cables going out to space? I'm no expert in physics but a cable as long as that puts a lot of weight at the bottom, and not to mention all the gravitational stuff going on in space, the cable wouldn't hold.

3 of 4 internet cables cut, are you telling me that there are only 4 sub-aquatic internet cables in the whole world?!?!?!?

Sawyer12 said,
Yeah I wondered why my internet is going slower than usual.

You know what's funny, my internet here in california is alot faster than normal now....perhaps ya'll suckin up my megahurtz!

Pinging neowin.net [209.124.63.219] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 209.124.63.219: bytes=32 time=444ms TTL=46
Reply from 209.124.63.219: bytes=32 time=480ms TTL=46
Reply from 209.124.63.219: bytes=32 time=419ms TTL=46
Reply from 209.124.63.219: bytes=32 time=481ms TTL=46

Ping statistics for 209.124.63.219:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 419ms, Maximum = 481ms, Average = 456ms

Hell it's too slow here!

This cables just lay there? Aren't they underground so that you can't reach them with sailor? Why are they so close to each other? Three cables at once is just to much.

No, Fax Machine's on second. Telephone got to second base with typewriter. Google's on third trying to steal home from Microsoft.

Airlink said,
No, Fax Machine's on second. Telephone got to second base with typewriter. Google's on third trying to steal home from Microsoft.

Haha, that's so demented.

SirEvan said,
if the internet is on first place, who/what is on second?


No, Who's on first base. What is on second...

Vezineth said,
For a day we got DNS server not found and uTorrent speed dosent go above 0.2 kbs.

i was downloading a cd today too and it was like 10 kbsec, figures!

the other news story goes good with this... "RIAA to stop suing users, cuts them off instead", when they meant cut they really mean cut the internets cable.

that should stop those illegal sharers! MUUHHAAA

-T- said,
Has anyone actually been affected in any way by these cable cuts ?

Yes, if you live in India, Singapore, Malay, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Taiwan, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, etc.
For those of us in the west, the answer is no, unless you're trying to access something hosted in the armpit of the world.

Airlink said,
...unless you're trying to access something hosted in the armpit of the world.

Hey now, let's at least try not to insult entire nations.

From Malaysia here. Links to many websites severely affected. Unable to reach Facebook at all. And high amounts of packet losses with several websites (including Wikipedia).

Pinging rr.pmtpa.wikimedia.org [208.80.152.2] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 208.80.152.2: bytes=32 time=559ms TTL=51
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 208.80.152.2: bytes=32 time=523ms TTL=51
Request timed out.
Reply from 208.80.152.2: bytes=32 time=538ms TTL=52
Reply from 208.80.152.2: bytes=32 time=524ms TTL=51
Reply from 208.80.152.2: bytes=32 time=523ms TTL=52
Reply from 208.80.152.2: bytes=32 time=520ms TTL=51
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 208.80.152.2:
    Packets: Sent = 10, Received = 6, Lost = 4 (40% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 520ms, Maximum = 559ms, Average = 531ms

Local sites are working okay.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interoute

Interoute is a telecom operator providing network services in the European Union and neighbouring nations with transatlantic capacity linked to North American hubs, Dubai and Tunisia. Its products and services include bandwidth, virtual private networks, high speed internet access and transit, managed hosting, communications services and media streaming.

Ahh see, that makes more sense.

technikal said,
BBC report mentioned seismic activity in the area.

my internets are still working just great

i maybe spoke too soon. my router and connection became totally unresponsive several times yesterday which is most unusual. it'll happen occasionally, like once a month or something, but not twice in a day. anyone else in UK seeing issues or will i just blame the weather?

Has anyone heard the conspiracy theories about this yet?

Really what has happened is the USA attacked the cables and are pointing their finger at terrorists. Bush has proclaimed they will continue their war of terror and are going to bring in new procedures preventing this happening again. Anyone wanting to use a boat or submarine will now have to arrive 4 hours before departure to pass seaport security. You will no longer be allowed to take nail files onto boats as these could be used to cut though the 69mm thick cables. These are just two new incentives to protect possible terrorists from causing such damage again and cripple American freedoms.

Just look at what areas are affected by it the most in each case and compare it to things that were going on at the time. I don't think it's a coincidence that India is the hardest hit right now.

NightmarE D said,
Just look at what areas are affected by it the most in each case and compare it to things that were going on at the time. I don't think it's a coincidence that India is the hardest hit right now.

Again. bull****. The areas hardest hit are the ones that...um...actually USE the Internet. There is no conspiracy here...just incompetence and human error.

SirEvan said,
Recon415 and Callum M-R, You two are my top two heroes for today...Thank you for this snappy whit you both showed.

as long as they aren't an heroes...

Wasn't it caused by a ship dragging an anchor last year? I don't think it is possible for anyone to know where these cables are exactly

lylesback2 said,
Wasn't it caused by a ship dragging an anchor last year? I don't think it is possible for anyone to know where these cables are exactly

I'm sure whoever put them there and maintains them knows where they are.

Cameras that monitored that area showed that no ships were in that area when the cables were cut. Not long after that was found out, it slipped out of the media and all went back to normal and nobody ever heard about it again.

It's also not really a secret where the cables are located. The last time it happened it was shown that someone with an underwater cutting torch could easily do it. They're not buried very deep at all.

NightmarE D said,
Cameras that monitored that area showed that no ships were in that area when the cables were cut. Not long after that was found out, it slipped out of the media and all went back to normal and nobody ever heard about it again.

It's also not really a secret where the cables are located. The last time it happened it was shown that someone with an underwater cutting torch could easily do it. They're not buried very deep at all.

Yeah but the oceans are pretty deep...you can't just go snorkling to get to the bottom of the ocean to cut a cable.

NightmarE D said,
Cameras that monitored that area showed that no ships were in that area when the cables were cut. Not long after that was found out, it slipped out of the media and all went back to normal and nobody ever heard about it again.

bull****. It slipped out of the media when the ships that screwed up admitted it and proof was established beyond a reasonable doubt what happened.

I don't know.. maybe I'm just paranoid, but my first thoughts included a terrorist plot to sever instantaneous communication b/w countries involved in a terrorist strike - something planned either for Christmas (capitalism at it's best) or the dawn of the new year.

I'm actually pretty worried :/

edit: On the lighter side of things, I'm reminded of the Robot Chicken episode where terrorists somehow managed to eradicate the porn collections in households across America. This cable disruption would be the first step in demoralizing porn-stream-enthusiasts and other porn-enthusiasts.

You're paranoid. 8P

In all previous cases, it turns out ships running aground or dragging anchors in the wrong places cut the cables.