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Old 7th February 2008, 09:52 AM
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Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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You may have noticed a number of stories recently about undersea cables getting cut around the world. Apparently the total is now up to 5, but the scariest part of this is that Iran is now offline. You can also read Schneier's comments on this coincidence. Update: 02/06 17:42 GMT by Z : As a commenter notes, though the country of Iran is obviously experiencing some networking difficulties, it is not offline.

http://it.slashdot.org/it/08/02/06/1431206.shtml


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Old 7th February 2008, 10:48 AM
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

Keep US Tankers out of the Persian Gulf and the problem should go away.
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Old 7th February 2008, 10:56 AM
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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Keep US Tankers out of the Persian Gulf and the problem should go away.

Do you really believe that 5 separate cables can be cut in a matter of days simply by ships which have been going through the area for years?

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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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Do you really believe that 5 separate cables can be cut in a matter of days simply by ships which have been going through the area for years?

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No, but it does seem like the main victim is Iran, which is a bit of departure from the terrorists normal agenda. The question has to be asked who is trying to screw up Iran?

From what I have read, getting at cables buried in the Sea Bed at great depth is not something within the capability of known groups, but it would be well within the capacity of the CIA with cooperation of US businesses.

Damage by dragging Super Tanker Anchors still seems to be the most plausible explanation.
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

Ah, now I got your point. This could be the situation.

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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

Odds are it's the NSA, MI6, Israel, Google, and Santa Claus all working together. And we're never likely to hear about it again.
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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Odds are it's the NSA, MI6, Israel, Google, and Santa Claus all working together. And we're never likely to hear about it again.
Santa Claus is a Finn!

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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

The supertanker drags it's anchor, then WHILE the cable is cut and being repaired, the submarine sits at another location, installing the wiretap.
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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The supertanker drags it's anchor, then WHILE the cable is cut and being repaired, the submarine sits at another location, installing the wiretap.

No need, Menwith Hill has been in operation for years.

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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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No need, Menwith Hill has been in operation for years.

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You mean that place just up the road where people drive around in weird looking cars?
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Old 7th February 2008, 06:51 PM
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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You mean that place just up the road where people drive around in weird looking cars?

Yeah, this one:





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Yes, I used to drive past that everyday when I lived in Skipton.

Actually, its main purpose it commercial espionage against the British.
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Old 7th February 2008, 07:19 PM
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Re: Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East

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Yes, I used to drive past that everyday when I lived in Skipton.

Actually, its main purpose it commercial espionage against the British.
I believe they actually have a tap on the transatlantic commo cables and record or at least filter 100% of traffic (voice, net, etc).

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I believe they actually have a tap on the transatlantic commo cables and record or at least filter 100% of traffic (voice, net, etc).

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Yes, and all we get is a lot propaganda about Russia, China and Iran.
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