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February 7th, 2008

Anchor found at cable cut site

Posted by Richard Koman @ February 7, 2008 @ 2:35 PM Categories: Cyberwar Tags: FALCON Cable, Cable, Network Technology, Telecommunications, Personal Technology, Networking, Richard Koman

Flag Telecom, the owner of two of the recently cut cables in the Middle East, says it has found an abandoned anchor near the site of one of the cuts.

Cut # 2: FALCON Cable cut between Dubai (UAE) and Al SEEB (Oman)

- The FALCON Cable cut between Dubai (UAE) and Al SEEB (Oman) is due to a ship anchor, an abandoned anchor (weighing 5-6 tonnes) was found.

As most submarine cable experts suspected. Which may put to rest some of the more outrageous hysteria about the “four cuts in one week” paranoia.


I talked to Stephan Beckert of TeleGeography this morning, who had a few comments:

“People should put their tinfoil helmets on. Cable cuts are a part of life.

He said the first two cuts were serious and clearly impacted traffic. The other two — Flag’s Falcon cable and Quatar-UAE cable — would never have been reported but for cables being in the news. The Falcon cable is actually part of a self-sealing ring, he added, “so the only ones who would have been hurt were people who didn’t pay for “protected communications.”

The conspiracy theories just don’t make sense, Beckert said. “If you’re a terrorist you’re going from killing people to inconveniencing them. I’m all in favor of that kind of terrorism. If you’re the U.S. military, you’re also a heavy user of these cables, so that doesn’t make sense.”

He said there are approximately 50 cable cuts a year, 65 percent of which are due to fishing trawlers dragging heavy nets and 18 percent of which are due to ships’ anchors. “They don’t even track terrorism,” he said. “Cable cuts are a routine part of the business.”

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Yes, and sitting in a Faraday cage.

They's just prepping for another war in the region.

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Print/View all Posts Posted by: Jack-Booted EULA Posted on: 02/09/08 You are Logged In | Log out
Of course, if it was a conspiracy, do you think they'd tell US? *NEW* terry flores   | 02/08/08
Are you wearing your tin foil hat? *NEW* Been_Done_Before   | 02/08/08
Yes, and sitting in a Faraday cage. *NEW* Jack-Booted EULA   | 02/09/08
Dammit! *NEW* EJHonda   | 02/08/08
One anchor found, and the entire mystery solved.... *NEW* BitTwiddler   | 02/08/08
Anchor...Boat...Ocean - What could it mean? *NEW* EJHonda   | 02/08/08
Did you not read the article? *NEW* DemonX   | 02/08/08
50 times per year, globally *NEW* magcomment   | 02/08/08
That's because it hit a strategic road *NEW* PhilippeV   | 02/08/08
I was thinking the same thing... *NEW* MGP2   | 02/08/08
Did the same anchor cut all 5? *NEW* BitTwiddler   | 02/08/08
No. *NEW* frgough   | 02/08/08
really fast boat, cut all 5 and missed being on satellite photos *NEW* stevey_d   | 02/08/08
alternate route? *NEW* reedjjjr   | 02/08/08
Alaska route: bad solution. *NEW* PhilippeV   | 02/08/08
volcanic islands *NEW* PhilippeV   | 02/08/08
The magic anchor theory *NEW* srivera@...   | 02/08/08
Single Anchor Theory? *NEW* Johnny Vegas   | 02/08/08
yeah clearly the laws of physics are wrong, the CG is right *NEW* stevey_d   | 02/08/08
pity we'll never be able to analyse the cables *NEW* stevey_d   | 02/08/08
Abandoned anchor??? *NEW* bjbrock   | 02/08/08
Aren't these things serialized in some way ? *NEW* BitTwiddler   | 02/08/08
Abandoning anchors is recommanded *NEW* PhilippeV   | 02/08/08
In other news.... Oceanic Flight 815 was found at the bottom of the ocean.. *NEW* BitTwiddler   | 02/08/08
LOL.. another lost fan! *NEW* Been_Done_Before   | 02/08/08
Anchor Control *NEW* M.R. Kennedy   | 02/08/08
Not only that.... *NEW* MGP2   | 02/08/08
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