No ‘Sharks With Lasers on Their Heads’: What Protects the Internet in the Ocean?

If you’ve been following the events in Syria over the past few days, you know the country’s Internet is now back from the dead after a 19-hour outage that the government blamed on “terrorist” sabotage–an explanation bought by approximately zero people.But just because destroying the cables would be logistically and technically difficult for a terrorist or individual–not to mention suicidal; the voltage running through them would be enough to kill someone trying to cut through–doesn’t make it unthinkable. In March, Egyptian authorities accused three men in a fishing boat of trying to sever a submarine cable connecting Alexandria to the Web. The evidence was thin and experts are as cynical about that incident as the latest service disruption in Syria. But both episodes draw attention to how exposed the world’s Internet infrastructure really is.

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