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Undersea Internet Cables Present New Vulnerability

Undersea Internet Cables Present New Vulnerability
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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:11 PM

A new report points out the vulnerabilities in the undersea cables that keep the internet up and running for people across the planet.

According to McClatchy, there are roughly 650,000 miles of cable running across the world's oceans and seas in the name of connectivity. With several countries and companies having the ability to launch small submarines that could potentially tamper with or even sever the cables, there are concerns about what could happen.

"The infrastructure that underpins the internet — these undersea cables — are clearly vulnerable," British Parliament member Rishi Sunak McClatchy said. "They underpin pretty much everything that we do."

Added retired Naval submariner and former Navy strategist Bryan Clark, "Nowadays, there are a lot of countries and companies that have the ability to send vehicles down to the sea floor and have them manipulate, install, or take away undersea cables."

Russia, for example, sent submarines and spy ships to an area where undersea cables passed through in 2015. U.S. officials monitored the activity. Russian spy ships and subs have also been spotted off the east coast of the United States in recent history, and even cruised toward Cuba — where one cable is connected to land near the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

It was reported in 2013, meanwhile, that three men were arrested by Egyptian authorities after they were caught tampering with an undersea cable near the city of Alexandria — which resulted in a disruption in Egypt's and neighboring countries' internet.

There's also the problem of who protects undersea cables in international waters.

"There is a glaring gap in international law about destruction of cables," attorney and Naval officer Douglas R. Burnett told McClatchy.

Tech companies are now laying their own telecommunications cables across oceans, The Economist reported in October, as the flow of information between continents continues to increase.

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A new report points out the vulnerabilities in the undersea cables that keep the internet up and running for people across the planet.According to McClatchy, there are roughly 650,000 miles of cable running across the world's oceans and seas in the name of connectivity....
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