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Old 01-31-08, 10:31 AM
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Skynet is doing their magic: Internet Failure hits two continents

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- Large swathes of Asia, the Middle East and north Africa had their high-technology services crippled Thursday following a widespread Internet failure which brought many businesses to a standstill and left others struggling to cope.

One major telecommunications provider blamed the outage, which started Wednesday, on a major undersea cable failure in the Mediterranean.

India's Internet bandwidth has been sliced in half, The Associated Press reported, leaving its lucrative outsourcing industry trying to reroute traffic to satellites and other cables through Asia.

Reports say that Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain are also experiencing severe problems.

Nations that have been spared the chaos include Israel -- whose traffic uses a different route -- and Lebanon and Iraq. Many Middle East governments have backup satellite systems in case of cable failure.

There were contradictory reports on the real cause behind the disruption, but Du, a state-owned Dubai telecom provider, attributed it to an undersea cable cut between Alexandria, Egypt and Palermo, Italy.

An official at Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was believed that a boat's anchor may have caused the problems, although this was unconfirmed, AP reported. He added that it might take up to a week to repair the fault.

Kuwait's Ministry of Communications said the problem could take two weeks to solve, according to a statement carried by the state news agency, KUNA.


There were concerns in India that an Internet slowdown could affect trading patterns at the country's two major exchanges, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in Delhi and the SENSEX exchange in Bombay.

Rajesh Chharia, president of India's Internet Service Providers' Association, explained that some firms were trying to reroute via Pacific cables and that companies serving the eastern US and the UK were worst affected, AP added.

Besides the Internet, the outage caused major disruption to television and phone services, creating chaos for the UAE's public and private sectors.

The Du internal memo, obtained by CNN, called the situation in Dubai "critical" and stated that the cable's operators did not know when services would be restored.


"This will have a major impact on our voice and Internet service for all the customers," the memo stated. "The network operation team are working with our suppliers overseas to resolve this as soon as possible."

The outage led to a rapid collapse of a wide range of public services in a country which proudly promotes itself as technological pioneer.

Sources from Emirates Airlines confirmed to CNN Arabic that the outage did not affect its flight schedules -- a statement which assured hundreds of travelers worried after rumors about the possibility of rescheduled flights due to the faults.

However, Dnata, a government group in charge of providing air travel services in the Middle East and ground handling services at Dubai International Airport, acknowledged facing problems because of the outage, sources from its technical department confirmed to CNN Arabic.

The outage heavily crippled Dubai's business section, which is heavily reliant on electronic means for billions of dollars' worth of transactions daily.


Wadah Tahah, the business strategies and development manager for state-owned construction company EMAAR, told CNN Arabic that it was fortunate the outage started Wednesday, when there had been only moderate activity in the UAE markets. He said that softened the blow to business interests.

But Tahah warned that if the outage continued, "such a situation could create problems between brokers, companies, and investors due to loss of control."


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I have to admit I laughed at the idea of India losing its internet...

This may explain why I have so much less spam today.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
I have to admit I laughed at the idea of India losing its internet...

This may explain why I have so much less spam today.
Yeah, but good luck getting through to customer support!
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The squishy machine at 7-11 was down this morning. I wonder if it is related.
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Ugh, if this lasts long it's gonna cause major problems at work.
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Anyone have any idea how big these undersea cable are?
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Originally Posted by Mankal
Anyone have any idea how big these undersea cable are?
They are called Submarine cables... here's a link with pics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submari...ications_cable
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Maybe the answer will be in tonight's season premier!

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Originally Posted by hal9000
They are called Submarine cables... here's a link with pics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submari...ications_cable
Thanks hal9000, who said the otter forum was not educational.
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Just a glitch in the Matrix
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Originally Posted by starman9000
Ugh, if this lasts long it's gonna cause major problems at work.
One can always hope
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
One can always hope

Well it definitely has, but luckily my project is unaffected. These things tend to spread around to everyone eventually though.
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I wonder if there's a submarine fit with a giant pair of scissors to cut off China's internet in case WWIII starts to break out.
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I think it's funny how if everyone lost their internet connection, shit would just go crazy.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
I think it's funny how if everyone lost their internet connection, shit would just go crazy.
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Originally Posted by dieinafire
I think it's funny how if everyone lost their internet connection, shit would just go crazy productivity in office workplaces would soar as people were cut off from online poker/personal email/MySpazz™/YouTard™/etc.
fixed.
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Originally Posted by Mankal
Thanks hal9000, who said the otter forum was not educational.
According to that wiki article, "Cables can be broken by fishing trawlers, anchoring, undersea avalanches and even shark bites."

Freakin' shark nibbling on our interwebs?
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It's a good thing that it still hasn't hit North Ameri
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It's a good thing that it still hasn't hit North Ameri
Old 02-02-08, 01:28 PM
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Third undersea Internet cable damaged in Mideast: Indian firm
Feb 2 01:02 AM US/Eastern

A third undersea Internet cable has been damaged in the Middle East, adding to the disruption in online services after two other lines were cut earlier this week, the cable operating firm said.
The Falcon cable was cut 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Dubai, between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to its owner, FLAG Telecom, which is part of India's Reliance Communications.

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

Flag Telecom owns another cable that was damaged off Egypt on Wednesday. A repair ship was expected to arrive by Tuesday to restore that cable and repairs were expected to take a week, the company said.

The outages have disrupted business across the Middle East and South Asia, including in India, where businesses said it may take up to 15 days to return to normal.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php...show_article=1
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the Indian groups that some stuff have been off shored to by the bank I do helpdesk for have been complaining about slowness and we've been like "yeah, I'll just magically repair that cable"
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
Just a glitch in the Matrix
Almost got it...

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From Wikipedia:

The Newfoundland earthquake of 1929 broke a series of trans-Atlantic cables by triggering a massive undersea avalanche. The sequence of breaks helped scientists chart the progress of the avalanche.
Natrual disaster affects multiple cables.

In July, 2005, a portion of the SEA-ME-WE 3 submarine cable located 35 kilometers (21 miles) south of Karachi that provided Pakistan's major outer communications became defective, disrupting almost all of Pakistan's communications with the rest of the world, and affecting approximately 10 million Internet users.
Single faulty cable.

In March, 2006, maritime thieves stole an 11-kilometre section of the T-V-H submarine cable that connected Thailand,Vietnam, and Hong Kong, affecting Vietnam's Internet users with far slower speeds. The thieves attempted to sell the 100 tons of illicit cargo as scrap [7]. Cable theft is becoming a more frequent problem worldwide.
Single cable stolen.

The 2006 Hengchun earthquake on December 26, 2006 rendered numerous cables near Taiwan inoperable.
Natural disaster affects multiple cables.

In late January 2008, the breaking of two of the three Suez Canal cables (SEA-ME-WE 4 and Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe), and a third cable in the Persian Gulf two days later (FALCON) caused massive communications disruptions to India and the Middle East.
So what is this? No natural events have been reported. If it is theft, these are awfully busy thieves. Information warfare?
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Asia, particularly around Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo has had a lot of cable cuts/faults over the past few years. Normally, the traffic can be rerouted and most people don't notice a difference. It mostly depends on whether or not companies pay for redundant services. Even then, if something happens to the right cable in the right place, everything can go down.

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