Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort

Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict.The issue goes beyond old worries during the Cold War that the Russians would tap into the cables — a task American intelligence agencies also mastered decades ago. The alarm today is deeper: The ultimate Russian hack on the United States could involve severing the fiber-optic cables at some of their hardest-to-access locations to halt the instant communications on which the West’s governments, economies and citizens have grown dependent. see:

Could Russian submarines cut off the internet?
Russia could be developing plans to sever key internet communications during future wars, according to a report in the New York Times.The article reports that various military sources are concerned about a spike in Russian naval activity near the locations of undersea cables.Such cables are vital to the internet’s daily running and constantly ferry huge amounts of data between continents.

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