Israeli intelligence was responsible for bringing down Egypt’s internet network two years ago, according to a confession extracted from an arrested businessman in a spy case.
Egypt’s internet service went down on December 2008 and the incident was blamed on damage to underwater data cables caused by a ship’s anchor.
However, when he was questioned by coppers over a spying case, Tareq Abdul Razzaq Hassan, said that the incident was, in fact, the work of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency.
A confession, which was leaked to an independent Egyptian newspaper, also had Hassan admitting to Hassan, receiving money to recruit spies in Syria and Egypt.
Recently Israel has been linked to Stuxnet, a powerful computer worm that caused serious damage to Iran’s nuclear programme.
But this particular cyber attack seems a bit low tech. It basically required Mossad agents to go all Jacque Cousteau and blow up the cable.
It is also strange because Israel and Egypt were getting along at the time. Egypt is one of the few Arab states with which it has full diplomatic ties.
Human rights groups told the Daily Telegraph that Egyptian coppers are a little generous with the rubber hoses, so Hassan would probably admit to starting the Second World War if they asked him.
However, Israeli baiting is quite popular at the moment, following the collapse of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. It would win a few votes if you slag off Israel. This was seen recently when Mossad was blamed for a string of shark attacks in the waters of the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.