Linked by weildish on Sat 20th Dec 2008 00:24 UTC
Internet & Networking Though the cause is still unknown, three of the four undersea Internet cables that run from North America to Asia were cut, causing outages in Egypt, India, Saudi Arabia, and a dozen or so other countries. That is a lot of angry World of Warcraft players. It's supposed to have been from ships' anchors, though even two downed cables at one time is very rare, so who's to say it wasn't sabotage?
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Not between NA and Asia
by corwin on Sat 20th Dec 2008 01:20 UTC
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The cables that have been cut, SeMeWe3, SeMeWe4, and FLAG are all asian-eu cables, NOT asian-na cables. Those cables run across the pacific. What has been cut is most of the asia-eu traffic. From eastern asia, most traffic is being re-routed through the US (where quite a bit of eu-asia traffic flows anyway). The folks in the med basin, and western asia are in much worse shape, some loosing over 60% of their bandwidth.

These are the same cables that were cut by a ship anchor early this year, in about the same area.

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