Map approximating cable cuts over the last two weeks and the immediate regions affected (red) Click to enlarge.  (Source: DailyTech)
Over five tons of loose metal crushes errant conspiracy theories

The cause for at least one of the many failures that occurred recently in the undersea fiber optic cables providing Internet connectivity to the Middle East has finally been determined. The "FALCON" cable failure is being blamed on an abandoned ship's anchor.

According to the owners of the cable, FLAG Telecom, one end of the cut FALCON cable was recovered in the Persian Gulf approximately 35 miles north of Dubai. While the repair ship was searching the area, the 5-6 ton ship's anchor was also discovered and hauled to the surface. An additional repair ship is working on the cuts in the Europe-Asia cable -- repairs are expected to be completed by Sunday, despite rough weather conditions in the area.

FLAG Telecom is also planning to run an additional cable, called the "Mediterranean Cable," through a different route, which will be "fully resilient" to cuts.

While a ship's anchor may be a less exciting cause for the damaged cables than some of the more entertaining and paranoid alternatives proposed online -- the cut cables are shaping up to be no more than an unfortunate coincidence.

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