Pensioner turns off Internet in two countries

Georgia and Armenia dropped off the world wide web for several hours after a pensioner cut through a crucial fibre optic cable.

Inspector Knacker of the Tbilisi Yard swooped on the 75-year-old woman who had hacked into a fibre-optic cable while digging for scrap metal.

Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze said that the woman was actually interested in the cable which she thought she could flog.

The woman who was arrested in the village of Ksani, north of capital Tbilisi, has been charged with damaging property and could face up to three years porridge if convicted.

However, the government has not decided to bang her up straight away. Given the fact you have to be jolly careful about arresting ancient crones unless you want to spend the rest of your life as an amphibian, the authorities are handling her with kid gloves.

“Taking into account her advancing years, she has been released pending the end of the investigation and subsequent trial,” Gvenetadze said.

It is the second time that Georgian internet connections have been cut by scavengers. In 2009 the lines were cut by another scavenger who damaged the fibre-optic cable while hunting for scrap metal.

The cable is owned by Georgian Railway Telecom. It said that the pensioners handiwork was a lot more serious and caused 90 per cent of private and corporate internet users in Armenia to lose access for nearly 12 hours while also hitting Georgian internet service providers.

The outfit said that it could not understand how the woman managed to find the cable and then dig it out. Apparently it was well protected and underground.