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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:51 PM
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Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia
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Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia
Entire country loses internet for five hours after woman, 75, slices through cable while scavenging for copper
Tom Parfitt in Moscow
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 6 April 2011 20.12 BST

The woman damaged a fibre-optic cable with her spade. Photograph: denise.barnes@csfb.com

An elderly Georgian woman was scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally sliced through an underground cable and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia, it emerged on Wednesday.

The woman, 75, had been digging for the metal not far from the capital Tbilisi when her spade damaged the fibre-optic cable on 28 March.

As Georgia provides 90% of Armenia's internet, the woman's unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours as the country's main internet providers - ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa were prevented from supplying their normal service. Television pictures showed reporters at a news agency in the capital Yerevan staring glumly at blank screens.

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