The Egyptian navy has once more succeeded in stopping the Sea People cutting off Egypt from the outside world.
According to the Washington Post, Egypt’s naval forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an undersea internet cable in the Mediterranean.
While telecommunications executives blamed a weeklong internet slowdown on damage caused to another cable by a ship, it seemed that there might have been something else happening.
Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali told his Facebook friends that divers were arrested while “cutting the undersea cable” of the country’s main communications company, Telecom Egypt.
They were arrested on a speeding fishing boat just off what is left of the wonder of the world in Alexandria.
Ali’s page had a photo showing three young men, apparently Egyptian, staring up at the camera in what looks like an inflatable launch. It did not have details on who the men were or why they would have wanted to cut a nice cable.
Egypt has been suffering outages since March 22. Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told CBC that the damage was caused by a ship, and there would be a full recovery on Thursday. Of course it could have been another attack by the three which was designed to look like a ship. If you manage to take out enough cables in that region the whole of the Middle East will be porn free.
It’s not the first time cable cuts have affected the Middle East in recent years. Errant ships’ anchors are often blamed. Serious undersea cable cuts caused widespread internet outages and disruptions across the Middle East on two separate occasions in 2008.