Another undersea Internet cable damaged in Mideast

Is the internet under attack?

NEW DELHI (AFP) – – Another Middle East undersea Internet cable has been damaged, adding to disruption in Indian online services caused when several lines were cut earlier this week, a cable operating firm said Saturday.

The Falcon cable was cut 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Dubai, between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to its owner FLAG Telecom, part of India’s Reliance Communications.

The company said on its website that a repair ship had been notified and was expected to arrive at the site in the next few days.

The cause of the latest cable damage was not immediately known.

Flag Telecom owns another undersea cable which was damaged off Egypt on Wednesday in the Mediterranean. Indian media reports have attributed that damage to a ship’s anchor which dropped on the cable.

On the same day in Kuwait, the government reported two cables damaged by “weather conditions and maritime traffic.”

The cable damage has left India’s vital outsourcing industry grappling with major communications disruptions and businesses saying they could take up to two weeks to return to normal.

It has also disrupted Internet service across the Middle East and other parts of South Asia.

Lawhawk sees the four recent ‘accidents’ as “quite strange and definitely worth following further”. I personally find the news disturbing. The India interuption will have effects on US companies who outsource their work to India. Yesterday I tried getting through to my mortgage company over a missing tax form and got bounced around for 15 minutes. Is a Cyber war under way right now?

Not too many people seem concerned by this news. Super Tuesday, Brittney, and other trivia like forgetting Winston Churchhill are getting all the attention from the news media and bloggers. As interesting as some find rehashing why John McCain isn’t good for the Republican party may sound, something much more dangerous to the well being of this republic could be under way at this moment. And no one seems to care. When US internet service is disrupted and our economy takes a major even catastrophic hit, people may wonder where were the warning signs. Right under their noses.

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