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Anchor behind cable cut mystery
Sat, 09 Feb 2008 18:50:21
An abandoned anchor is blamed for cutting one of the severed undersea cables that snarled Internet traffic across the Middle East.
FLAG Telecom's FALCON fiber-optic cable covering Dubai and Oman was snapped Feb. 1st by an abandoned six-ton ship anchor, the company approved.
The company did not immediately explain whether the anchor moved and snapped the cable or the cable itself was drifting when it was sliced.
The cuts slowed businesses, hampered personal Internet usage and caused a flurry of Internet blogger speculation, including mentions of sabotage.
However, government authorities and FLAG, which stands for Fiber-optic Link Around the Globe, have refused to comment on these speculations.