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Typical undersea fiber optic cables, like the ones featured here, incorporate multiple layers of steel armor. Physically severing a cable can require thousands of pounds of force.
Sabotage hasn't been ruled out as the cause of the five undersea cables cut in the Middle East

Nearly a month has passed yet there is still very little information on what caused the severing of five undersea cables in and around the Middle East.

Sami al-Murshed, head of the International Telecommunication Union said, “We do not want to pre-empt the results of ongoing investigations, but we do not rule out that a deliberate act of sabotage caused the damage to the undersea cables over two weeks ago.”

DailyTech reported that FLAG Telecom found that its FALCON cable was cut by an abandoned ships anchor on February 8. The question in many minds was exactly how the anchor ended up in the area of the FALCON cable since early reports said no ships were in the vicinity of the cables when they were severed.

Adding fuel to the conspiracy theory fire was the fact that no images of the ships anchor were shown. Images would have shown if the anchor was an old barnacle covered specimen long ago abandoned or if it was a shiny new anchor cut from a ship recently. The odds of five cables failing in that period of a few weeks are simply astronomical.

InformationWeek quotes Stephan Beckert, director of research at TeleGeography Research as saying, “There's this big game of telephone going on between bloggers and reporters. Anything is possible. But it doesn't do any good to speculate.”

Beckert went on to say he believes fishing nets or ship anchors are the likely causes and when asked about sabotage he says, “[Sabotage] is extremely rare. I'm not aware of any [incidents], but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened."

DailyTech reported on the first pair of cut undersea cables on January 31, the report of the third cable cut came in on February 4; the fourth cut cable was announced on February 5 with the final report of a cut cable coming in on February 6.  It was later revealed two of the five cable failures were due to faulty power supplies, and not physically severed cables.

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It was...
By jadeskye on 2/20/2008 2:34:38 PM , Rating: 5
1: The Knights Templar.
2: The Illuminati.
3: The Freemasons.
4: Bigfoot on waterskis.
5: A combination of the above.

RE: It was...
By dajeepster on 2/20/2008 2:53:49 PM , Rating: 5
6: Scientologist

RE: It was...
By oab on 2/20/2008 3:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
7. Shadow Government
9. "Black pope"
10. Bank Julius Baer
11. CIA

RE: It was...
By onwisconsin on 2/20/2008 3:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
12. RIAA
13. Al Gore

RE: It was...
By 16nm on 2/20/2008 3:43:57 PM , Rating: 5
14. Terrorists attempt to send e-bomb, pre-detonation destroys undersea cables

RE: It was...
By 16nm on 2/20/2008 3:46:00 PM , Rating: 5
pre-detonation == early detonation

15. Angry Dailytech poster gets fed-up with no-edit feature and destroys Internet cables

RE: It was...
By Maharajamd on 2/20/2008 3:58:02 PM , Rating: 3
16. Cloverfield

Didn't you see him drop in the water? :P

RE: It was...
By cleco on 2/20/2008 3:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
16. Cloverfield

RE: It was...
By cleco on 2/20/2008 3:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
blah 20 seconds slow ... .stupid bladder

RE: It was...
By graynote on 2/20/2008 6:03:18 PM , Rating: 2
17. Stupid bladder. (I'll admit chances are very slim but it would be cool though; "5 underwater cables cut by stupid bladder" Yeah!)

RE: It was...
By TMV192 on 2/20/2008 8:38:58 PM , Rating: 3
18. The Patriots
19. Chuck Norris
20. UFOs
21. HD-DVD camp
22. Edward Scissorhands

RE: It was...
By NinjaJedi on 2/20/2008 9:19:50 PM , Rating: 3
23. sharks with fricken lasers!!!

RE: It was...
By dflynchimp on 2/21/2008 3:41:28 AM , Rating: 2
24. Me

RE: It was...
By random git on 2/21/2008 8:08:59 AM , Rating: 2
25. Israel

except that's not funny :\

RE: It was...
By marvdmartian on 2/21/2008 9:34:59 AM , Rating: 2
It was CIA trained mutant lobsters, I tell ya!! [/tinfoil hat]

RE: It was...
By Aloonatic on 2/21/2008 9:35:01 AM , Rating: 2
26. The EU

RE: It was...
By dflynchimp on 2/21/2008 3:40:30 AM , Rating: 2
pre...mature ejaculation...

That damn Bob from accounting again...good thing I archive my pr0n

RE: It was...
By johnadams on 2/20/2008 9:33:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's funny!
I take that MAFIAA is a play of abbreviations of RIAA.

RE: It was...
By murphyslabrat on 2/20/2008 3:10:14 PM , Rating: 2

I loved farming 4.7mm Caseless ammo.

RE: It was...
By Polynikes on 2/20/2008 3:34:18 PM , Rating: 2
I loved killing anything wearing purple cloaks. :)

RE: It was...
By Owls on 2/20/2008 3:31:04 PM , Rating: 5
Clearly they should have used Monster Cables.

RE: It was...
By sirdowny on 2/20/2008 7:48:45 PM , Rating: 2

RE: It was...
By Noya on 2/20/2008 9:16:36 PM , Rating: 3
That deserves a 6.

RE: It was...
By Samus on 2/21/2008 3:45:18 AM , Rating: 2

Monster Cable...they never got back to me when I emailed them wondering how well Dre's 'beats' headphones overclock.

RE: It was...
By cscpianoman on 2/20/2008 3:58:03 PM , Rating: 3
6: Scientologist

With e-meters no less!!

RE: It was...
By rodrigu3 on 2/20/2008 2:58:00 PM , Rating: 5
The Knights Templar on their way to look for the Holy Grail ran into the Illuminati and Freemasons in a pitch fight over whether Bigfoot can do a 360 on waterskis. In order to resolve the dilemma, they all decided to hunt down Bigfoot, finding him at a Starbucks arguing that he ordered a non-fat caramel macchiato and not a caramel mocha frappuccino. Having walked in during an awkward moment, they all decide to have some good old expresso. One of the Illuminati (known to those close to him as Iron Man) suddenly remembers he forgot to anchor his ship containing his precious armor. The ship crashes during a storm ironically located above the undersea cables, activating his armor, which goes on a rampage, cutting all the cables and thus preventing internet access to thousands of outsourced workers taking tech support calls for Microsoft.

RE: It was...
By Ammohunt on 2/20/2008 3:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
I knew it! MICROSOFT DID IT! Those evil bastard!

RE: It was...
By eyebeeemmpawn on 2/20/2008 3:25:53 PM , Rating: 2

runs and hides under desk.

RE: It was...
By crystal clear on 2/21/2008 6:34:44 AM , Rating: 1
No !!! Its some Islamic fundamentalist organization thats wants to take the Arab countries in the region back into Islamic age.

You know the age when camels were like cars & pigeons were like iPhones.
Caves were like penthouses & animal skin tents were apartment blocks.

They hate the American lifestyles & attitudes !

What better way to do it Cut the internet connections
then those Arabs cannot see PORN ! or chat online or anything cyber like.

Mossad wants you online to hack you & track your Islamic friends.
As a matter of fact from the F.B.I. to CIA to MI5 to anybody in the modern western world wants to hack & track...

RE: It was...
By lexluthermiester on 2/20/08, Rating: -1
RE: It was...
By lexluthermiester on 3/7/2008 7:39:15 AM , Rating: 1
Well look at that, got rated down for being funny... such a tough crowd...

RE: It was...
By tjr508 on 2/21/2008 2:51:53 AM , Rating: 2
My bet is still on Paul Allen with his submarine and fleet of ex-seals.

So, let me get this straight
By oab on 2/20/2008 2:12:41 PM , Rating: 4
So, of the 5 cables that were cut, two had faulty power supplies (not cut), and two were cut by a ships anchor.

5 Cables disconnected
-2 lost power
-2 cut by "anchor"
=1 remaining that was damaged due to unknown causes. I think I remember reading here at one point that cables do fail naturally on their own, though it is uncommon, and highly unexpected because these cables were brand new.

So, of the three cables that had something go "properly" wrong, two was an "accident", and one has not had its cause be revealed yet.

So, much ado about nothing, probably. At least, that's what they want us to believe. Right?

RE: So, let me get this straight
By Ammohunt on 2/20/2008 2:21:23 PM , Rating: 5
It could have been a USO (Unidentified Submersible Object) on its way to an abduction. Accidentally ran into the cables and cut them.

RE: So, let me get this straight
By BladeVenom on 2/20/2008 3:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
The Martians are living in the deep oceans now.

RE: So, let me get this straight
By Ajax9000 on 2/20/2008 7:47:31 PM , Rating: 2
RE: So, let me get this straight
By Hieyeck on 2/20/2008 3:43:33 PM , Rating: 4
Quick, call XCOM!

RE: So, let me get this straight
By Etsp on 2/20/2008 2:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
Close... there were 5 total points of failure, but only 4 cables affected. One cable was cut AND lost power...

RE: So, let me get this straight
By PrinceGaz on 2/20/2008 7:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
The fact that all these incidents (cut cables, power-surges or whatever) happened in such a short space of time does look a little suspicious to me. Coincidences do happen naturally, but with things like this they happen more often delibrately. As part of the investigation into what caused it, you would have to include who could possibly gain by sabotaging them.

RE: So, let me get this straight
By Etsp on 2/20/2008 8:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
I never said it wasn't sabotage...

RE: So, let me get this straight
By solo123 on 2/20/08, Rating: -1
RE: So, let me get this straight
By solo123 on 2/20/08, Rating: 0
By eye smite on 2/20/2008 2:14:26 PM , Rating: 4
I guess it's anyone's guess at this point. What's that old saying, what happens in the ocean stays in the ocean. DOH. Just kidding.

RE: Well.................
By Mitch101 on 2/20/2008 2:16:49 PM , Rating: 3
I hear a senior exec at BestBuy cut them and is trying to sell them Monster Cables as a replacement.

RE: Well.................
By murphyslabrat on 2/20/2008 3:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
See, these cables can increase your CPU performance by 3 times, and will raise your overall Vista score to 5.9.

RE: Well.................
By arazok on 2/20/2008 3:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
Extended warranty? I'll take it!

RE: Well.................
By Mitch101 on 2/21/2008 9:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
I wanna see the Geek Squad show up to fix this.

By Ammohunt on 2/20/2008 2:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
I bet it was the Satellite internet operators that did it for a revenue boost.

RE: Hmmm
By KristopherKubicki on 2/20/2008 2:25:15 PM , Rating: 5
Enron used to do it all the time in California.

1.) Take down a plant in SoCal for "maintenance"
2.) sell energy from Nevada back into California at 1000x premium
3.) Profit!

RE: Hmmm
By Ammohunt on 2/20/2008 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
Thats just good business!

RE: Hmmm
By Ringold on 2/20/2008 4:49:33 PM , Rating: 2
Given how Enron turned out, perhaps they should've.. engaged in more maintenance. ;)

these are by far...
By NarcoticHobo on 2/21/2008 3:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
the most hilarious comments I have yet to see on dailytech.

RE: these are by far...
By AlphaVirus on 2/21/2008 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
Lol seriously. Dailytech users pwnt those cut cables.

you are all wrong
By dare2savefreedom on 2/20/2008 4:59:45 PM , Rating: 3
the evil behind this is.....
comcast - they are trying to
manage p2p traffic.

By Farfignewton on 2/20/2008 6:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
Like copper thieves. #1 copper is almost $3 a pound at some recycling centers.

Just be thankful they don't make those lines out of catalytic converters. ;)

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