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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, Wednesday 6 April 2011 20.12 BST

The woman damaged a fibre-optic cable with her spade. Photograph:

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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  -Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia Ian David  Apr-06-11 05:51 PM   #0 
  - Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket  derby378   Apr-06-11 06:09 PM   #1 
  - OMG!!! Ted Stevens was right all along - the Internet really is a series of tubes!!  Initech   Apr-06-11 06:33 PM   #5 
  - +5  Liberal_in_LA   Apr-06-11 07:35 PM   #9 
  - We were just talking about that sort of thing at work today.  bluedigger   Apr-06-11 06:20 PM   #2 
  - Our entire town was knocked out for a whole day  dixiegrrrrl   Apr-06-11 06:34 PM   #6 
  - several california north coast counties, including mine, are served by ONE...  mike_c   Apr-06-11 08:02 PM   #10 
  - Kind of ironic for a network invented to survive destruction of critical nodes...  JHB   Apr-06-11 06:27 PM   #3 
  - Only one ISP? sounds like a thuglican dream come true.  Shagbark Hickory   Apr-06-11 06:30 PM   #4 
  - Never mind  RC   Apr-06-11 07:30 PM   #7 
  - Wow...and "some" people want to see the ancient, snail-like USPS be eliminated or broken up .  Urban Prairie   Apr-06-11 07:31 PM   #8 

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