COLLATERAL: Something Strange Has Happened To The Internet, And Official Explanations Don’t Add Up

RELATED: CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — A repair ship began work Tuesday at the site where an Internet cable was cut last week in the Persian Gulf, and a second vessel was to arrive later that day at the spot north of Egypt where two other cables were cut just two days earlier, FLAG Telecom said. The cuts have disrupted Internet services across a large swath of the Middle East and India, slowing down businesses and hampering personal Internet usage.

There has been wide speculation that the cuts were caused by ships’ anchors dragged along the bottom of the sea in stormy weather. But Egypt’s telecommunication ministry said Sunday no ships were registered near the location when the first cut in the cables occurred, north of the Egyptian port of Alexandria. The Egyptian statement further deepened the enigma of how the damage happened. MORE

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