Internet Anthropologist Think Tank: 5TH Internet cable cut:, 1.7 million

  • Search our BLOG

  • HOME
    Terrorist Names SEARCH:

    Monday, February 04, 2008

    5TH Internet cable cut:, 1.7 million

    IRAN: thru singapore


    USA needs a "Internet protection force"

    DUBAI - An estimated 1.7 million Internet users in the UAE have been affected due to the recent cable cuts, an expert said on February 4, quoting recent figures published by TeleGeography, an international research website.

    Internet data was majorly affected as it is the biggest capacity carried by the undersea cables. However, all voice calls, corporate data and video traffic were also affected.

    Two du experts briefed the media on the current methods being undertaken by the telecom provider to re-route the Internet traffic to provide normalcy to the users.

    Quoting TeleGeography and describing the effect the cuts had on the Internet world, Mahesh Jaishanker, executive director, Business Development and Marketing, du, said, "The submarine cable cuts in FLAG Europe-Asia cable 8.3km away from Alexandria, Egypt and SeaMeWe-4 affected at least 60 million users in India, 12 million in Pakistan, 6 million in Egypt and 4.7 million in Saudi Arabia."

    A total of five cables being operated by two submarine cable operators have been damaged with a fault in each. These are SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) near Penang, Malaysia, the FLAG Europe-Asia near Alexandria, FLAG near the Dubai coast, FALCON near Bandar Abbas in Iran and SeaMeWe-4, also near Alexandria.

    The first cut in the undersea Internet cable occurred on January 23, in the Flag Telcoms FALCON submarine cable which was not reported. This has not been repaired yet and the cause remains unknown, explained Jaishanker.
    More SOURCE:


    We first mentioned this new paradigm here, New threat to GWOT. 02.01.08 2:05 pm EST

    And followed up with New WMD, related to this situation. 02.03.08 10:16 pm EST

    Whom ever it is cutting these cables can work under water, even a diesel sub, with a special ops team or special munitions could be doing this.

    How is it that both Flag Telecomand
    SEA-ME-WEA 4 cables
    (above and below) were severed within hours of each other, although
    Marseille, France and Alexandria, Egypt, are hundreds of miles apart?


    ( was told on Sunday by unofficial sources that the problem is related to a power system and not a physical break in the cable, as is thought to be the case in three international incidents earlier in the week. ??? unconfirmed )

    Cutting the ME off from the Internet would hamper the Military forces in the region.

    I expect USA is marshaling all the anti-sub forces in this region to this region.

    This is cut number 5 and there is no reason to expect it will stop soon.
    As slow as they are going they must have great confidence in their invisibility and
    or defensive capabilities.
    And taking them out maybe a signal for the next phase.
    Almost 90 per cent of Internet traffic is routed through undersea cables and only 10 per cent is done through the satellite.

    We enter a new phase of Internet WAR.
    Whether this is an attack or not, it is known and must now be planed for.
    Who needs to be watched?
    Any one with a sub force ( +300 subs? )that can range the world and take out enough cables simultaneously to take down the web.
    Subs in combination with bots.


    TeleGeography is proud to announce a new edition of its popular Submarine Cable Map. The 2008 edition includes information for over 120 submarine cable systems, including major systems that are in service as well as announced cable systems expected to join a reinvigorated cable market. All data contained in the map is drawn from our Global Bandwidth Research Service, our definitive guide to the supply, demand and pricing of international bandwidth.

    The history and explanation can be founded here: submarine communication cable.

    high-res pdf of global submarine fiber optics:

    Map most impacted countrys.

    The FLAG cut is reported to have taken place 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles) from
    Alexandria beach in northern Egypt.

    The SEA-ME-WEA 4<>cable
    was damaged
    in the waters off Marseille,
    reports C/Net. The two cables, which are separately managed and operated,
    were damaged within hours of each other.

    How is it that both Flag
    4 <> cables
    (above and below) were severed within hours of each other, although
    Marseille, France and Alexandria, Egypt, are hundreds of miles apart? At
    this point, details are sketchy and the cause is still unclear.

    VSNL has a terrific interactive global cable
    map<>(above), while the
    SEA-ME-WEA 4 map <> (below) shows the distance to
    France. VSNL <>,

    Cable cut History:

    The magnitude 7.1 earthquake was followed by one of the largest disruptions
    of modern telecommunications history.

    Nine submarine cables in the Strait of Luzon, between Taiwan and the
    Philippines, were broken thus disabling vital connections between SE Asia
    and the rest of the world. China
    Telecom<>reported that
    several international submarine communications cables had been
    broken, including:

    - CUCN <> and
    which was damaged at December 26<>,
    2006 <> 20:25
    9.7 km away from landing point in Fangshan, Pingtung
    Taiwan <>;
    - APCN 2 <> S3,
    which was damaged at December 27<>,
    2006 <> 02:00
    UTC+8<>approximately 2100 km away
    from landing point in
    Chongming <>,
    China <>;
    - APCN 2 <> S7,
    which was damaged at December 27<>,
    2006 <> 00:06
    UTC+8<>approximately 904 km away
    from landing point in
    Tanshui <>, Taipei
    Taiwan <>;
    - FLAG Europe
    the segment between Hong Kong <>and
    Shanghai <> was broken at December
    27 <>,
    UTC+8 <>;
    - FLAG North Asia
    the segment between Hong Kong <>and
    Pusan <> was broken at December
    2006 <> 20:43
    severely damaging the communications within the Asia-Pacific region and with
    the United States <> and
    Europe <>.
    From Google group SOURCE:

    Update: 02.05.08 6:14 pm est

    Work begins to repair severed net (BBC)

    - 3 hours ago

    Al Qaeda deep sea divers!

    They hide in underwater caves!


    Cable repair ships, photos



    Behalf Of Sanghani, Bijal
    Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 1:26 AM

    Subject: [menog] FLAG Cable Cut - Update

    Dear All,

    Thought I'd give you all an update on where we (FLAG) are with the cable cuts -

    FEA Segment D - The Cable ship CS Certamen is now expected to arrive at the Alexandria repair ground on Wednesday 6th February. A Permit for the repair is currently being expedited with the Egyptian authorities.

    FEA Segment M - The cable ship CS Asean Restorer has been booked for this repair. It is currently out on an APCN repair and with current plan will be ready to start any work on our cable on or after 11th Feb. We have the OTDR traces from Penang and see that the fault is around 28km out from the station.

    FALCON Segment 7b (Bandra Abbas - Al Seeb) - E-Marine continues to await the permit to enter the Iranian waters and current forecast for the ship to start a work is around 19th February.

    FALCON Segment 2 - Fault 1st February 41km from repeater, which is between the first two repeaters out of Dubai toward Muscat (Al Seeb). The ship has left Abu Dhabi and is on route to the repair ground. The repair is expected to start in the next 12 hours (weather permitting).

    FALCON Segment 7a - Fault 1st February between BND (Bandar Abbas, Iran) and KWI (Kuwait), we are waiting for ship to go out and it maybe fixed before going out the fault on 7b - to be confirmed.

    I hope this helps,


    Bijal Sanghani

    Sr. IP Technical Support Engineer

    Technical Services Group

    FLAG Telecom

    Tel. +442 082 *** ***

    Version: PGP 8.1

    iQA/AwUBR6hEeb/UEA/xivvmEQL5YgCg9tX2lZmq937MhRd65qm0wk9EYP UAniED
    -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

    FALCON is a submarine telecommunications cable connecting India and several countries in the Persian Gulf. The cable is operated by India's Flag Telecom, a fully-owned subsidiary of Reliance Communications.

    Landing points are:[1]



    Hasn't even mentioned this.


    Abandoned Anchor Cut Gulf Internet Cable
    FLAG says a 5.5 ton anchor found near cable break is believe to be the cause for one cable break. But the others...?


    Labels: , , , , ,


    Anonymous Rack Management said...

    I am currently attempting to build an RC submarine and am not sure how to go about waterproofing the areas where the drive shaft exits the body of the submarine.

    Searches on the internet have yielded:
    Pack the holes with marine grease (how effective is this \ what depth will this work for)
    Use double sealed ball bearings (other searches have said they aren't waterproof)

    Any and all help is appreciated!

    2:24 PM  

    Post a Comment

    Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

    << Home