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After three undersea cables in the Middle East were taken out last week, those who fear black helicopters started to worry. But now, with the number of broken undersea telecommunications cables in the Middle East rising to five, even sane people (and pundits) are donning their […]

After three undersea cables in the Middle East were taken out last week, those who fear black helicopters started to worry. But now, with the number of broken undersea telecommunications cables in the Middle East rising to five, even sane people (and pundits) are donning their tinfoil hats to discuss what might be behind it.

The Mossad Theory: This one blames the Israeli secret service for the cuts. Problem: What the heck do they have against India?


The Muslim Terrorist Theory: Do I really need to explain this one? Problem: Terrorists like to surf the Net too.

The Bubba Theory: Fisherman are told where the cables are, but don’t care. Problem: These guys do have maps and in some cases, boats weren’t in areas where the cuts occurred.

The Pentagon Theory: The U.S. is cutting the cables to deprive Iran and Syria from the Internet. In some variations of this theory, we’re working with Israel. Problem: We’re depriving India and Kuwait, too.

The James Bond Theory: The odds of a cable getting damaged are low. Multiply that by five and the odds get even lower. Problem: The cables are vulnerable. Geography forces many of the cables to run close together, and there are about 50 repairs to these things done each year all over the world.

Personally, my bets are on an angry Kraken.

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  1. [...] I like Om Malik’s Kraken theory Enjoyed This Post? Subscribe To Get Updates! [...]

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  2. Stacey,
    What worries more then who cut them – are the results. As I wrote in a post on my blog yesterday – “The Day the Internet Went Down” http://flatplanetphone.com/wordpress/?p=471

    The real problem is our dependency on hosted applications and data.
    Personally, my main communications are on Gmail, Facebook and IM. They are all hosted. I back up all my email to… Gmail. What will happen on the day the internet goes down??

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  3. askbusinesscoach Wednesday, February 6, 2008

    Coincidence? I for one don’t believe in 5 separate coincidences

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  4. When two cables were severed, I joked with a friend in Saudi Arabia that “they” want to replace it with systems more suited for snooping. Now, five!;the joke is on me. Hey, it is the Middle East, nothing happens by accident in that region. Imagine five cables severed for US; we would have been on Def-Con 4. Cheers!.

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  5. One cable cut is an accident.
    Two cables cut are a coincident.
    Three cables cut, maybe something’s going on.
    Four cables cut, OK, something is going on and we just don’t know what and probably never will.
    Five cables cut, see above.

    …all happening in the span of 10 days and serving mostly the MidEast?

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  6. [...] a FIFTH underseas cable has been cut!  Iran is off-line.  Conspiracy theories are abundant. [...]

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  7. [...] cable cut # 4 is confirmed as is a fifth. Gigaom.com is also recommending tinfoil hats and adds some food for [...]

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  8. [...] structure over there and I can’t link to it, but as of right now the URL is theoretically http://gigaom.com/2008/02/06/choose-your-own-conspiracy-undersea-cable-edition/). At any rate, fascinating stuff and I really have no idea what the real explanation is – there [...]

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  9. Have you ever heard of a book called “Blindman’s bluff”,
    or about operation “Ivy Bells” – US submarines used to
    enter soviet (territorial) waters and place listening
    devices on under-sea cables.

    Is someone snooping on internet / other communication?
    An accident cut five cables?

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  10. I agree that five cable cuts in such a short timespan is highly suspicious, but I think this is more a case of fragile infrastructure than targeted destruction. At least I hope that’s what it is.

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