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Old 04-06-11, 07:59 PM
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Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...uts-web-access

Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia

An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia, it emerged on Wednesday.

The woman, 75, had been digging for the metal not far from the capital Tbilisi when her spade damaged the fibre-optic cable on 28 March.

As Georgia provides 90% of Armenia's internet, the woman's unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours as the country's main internet providers - ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa were prevented from supplying their normal service. Television pictures showed reporters at a news agency in the capital Yerevan staring glumly at blank screens.

Large parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected.

"It was a 75-year-old woman who was digging for copper in the ground so that she could sell it for scrap," said a spokesman for Georgia's interior ministry said yesterday.

Dubbed "the spade-hacker" by local media, the woman who has not been named is being investigated on suspicion of damaging property. She faces up to three years in prison if charged and convicted.

A spokesman for Georgia's interior ministry said the woman was temporarily released "on account of her old age" but could face more questioning.

The damage was detected by a system monitoring the fibre-optic link from western Europe and a security team was immediately dispatched to the spot, where the woman was arrested. The interior ministry said she had no accomplices.

The cable is owned by the Georgian railway network. It is heavily protected, but landslides or heavy rain may have exposed it to scavengers.

Pulling up unused copper cables for scrap is a common means of making money in the former Soviet Union. Some entrepreneurs have even used tractors to wrench out hundreds of metres of cable from the former nuclear testing ground at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.

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Well at least it wasn't a Turkish woman.
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Most shocking revelation in this article -- Armenia has the Internet!
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" unwitting sabotage "
Whoever wrote that needs education.
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Do the people who pull copper cables out of the ground and sell them for scrap really care if the cables are still being used by someone? She saw a cable, accidentally sliced it in two, and accidentally started pulling it out.
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With accidents like these, who needs intentions?
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Terrible. Likely the worst thing that has ever happened to the Armenian people.
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if a Georgian can inflict that kind of damage, imagine what a Floridian could do
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Terrible. Likely the worst thing that has ever happened to the Armenian people.
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Well at least it wasn't a Turkish woman.
5/5, gentlemen.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
Terrible. Likely the worst thing that has ever happened to the Armenian people.
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If you don't know why, look where I live.
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So, have both computers regained internet access?
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If you don't know why, look where I live.
My brother in law is a Glendale fire fighter and after 9/11 when the fire trucks were sporting American flags the Armenian community there complained and they were forced to remove the flags. Nice huh?
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Geeze... don't get me started on that crap.

edit: Actually no, I'm going to open the flood gates.

The morons in this community screw it up for the rest, unfortunately happens to be the majority. Time comes "armenian genocide" they put all the armenian flags they can find on their car and drive like idiots. I can understand you want a day of remembrance, but the way most of these ignorant kids see is a day off and fly the flag.

Gym rant- the body odor on a lot is immense. you've GOT to know you smell so bad if i'm on the verge of gagging/passing out...

Driving rant- did I mention they drive like they own the road? Rarely signal, cut off cars, just to be first in line at the stop light...It's another small percentage of the group that happens to be the majority.

Business rant- cheap, always trying to rip you off, if you're not one of them.

Living rant- Nice cars? check... one or two bedroom? check... family of 5+ ? check...

Education rant- with such a large influx of immigrants coming in from overseas, English is not a priority spoken language. When standardized test time comes, the district scores are poor.

Rip off gov't rant- highest fraud rates around.

I can go on and on...Of course, I am bitter about this, but I grew up in this city, which is still decent, but has been going downhill since I was a kid.

However the minority, which are the good hearted ones, the ones who came to this country, work hard and put in their dues; I have no argument and get along quite well.

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Eric Bogosian makes up for all the rest.
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Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours
Think of all the innovation and productivity that was lost...oh wait.

Hey Mole177: I went to a certain LA university and every year the armenian and the muslim student associations would stage WWIII on armenian genocide day. The muslim student union claimed it was a "hate day" directed towards muslims, which quickly escalated to the muslims denying any genocide occured. It was always a fucking three ring circus.

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