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About those undersea cable cuts...

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About those undersea cable cuts...
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Two sailors face charges over cut undersea cables

The world may finally be close to getting some answers on what exactly caused the five undersea cables providing the Middle East with Internet and telephone service to be mysteriously severed. While one cable was reportedly cut by an abandoned anchor, the cause of the other cable cuts was unknown.

VNUnet reports today that two people are being held in connection with the undersea cable cuts. A pair of ships has been impounded in Dubai after Reliance Globalcom, owner of some affected cables, used satellite images to identify the two ships as being in the area at the time the cables were cut.

The two ships are the MV Hounslow and the MV Ann. One of the ships was released after the Korean owners agreed to pay compensation for the break. Exactly which ship was released and the amount of compensation paid for the release is unknown at this time.

The second ship is still impounded and a pair of sailors from the Iraqi-owned vessel could face trial. A Reliance Globalcomm official told The Hindu, “The matter has been brought to the notice of appropriate authorities which are taking necessary action.”

Claims are that the two ships ventured into a forbidden area and then dropped anchor during a storm where they snagged the cables and severed them. What role the two men being held played in the severing of the cables is unknown at this time.

DailyTech reported on the first pair of cut undersea cables in Late January 2008, the third cut cable was in early February, the forth cut cable was reported the same week as was the fifth cut undersea cable. In all the undersea cables cut bandwidth to the Middle East by around 80%.