In my previous post about the four communications cables being cut in one week, I suggested that something odd might be happening. Well, no actually. According to an article in The Register, around 100 cables get cut every year, enough to keep a fleet of 25 cable repair ships fully occupied. Most are caused by fishing mishaps, but ship anchors and geological causes such as earth quakes also play a role. Hat-tip to Bernard Robertson-Dunn.
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There has been some good commentary on this issue by notables such as Bruce Schneier [blog], and Steve Bellovin [blog]
In particular, I would look at one of Bellovin’s recent posts, explaining that for at least one of the failures: “an abandoned ship anchor” found nearby “categorically that that was the cause of that failure“
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