Feb 01 2008

rm -rf cable*

Published by at 1:32 pm under General

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little concerned that there have been three separate underwater cables in the Middle East and India.  Once is bad luck, twice is a coincidence, but three times makes me wonder if it’s not more than just coincidence.  If a fourth cable gets cut in the next couple of weeks, I’m really going to start thinking about a conspiracy.

The local news was making a big deal of this incident, not because of the outage itself, but due to the fact that it was affecting the customer service of all the companies that have centers in India.  I won’t be at all surprised if this incident causes a number of the tech support jobs that have gone to India in the last five years to be pulled back to the US.  I suspect that there are a number of companies that are waiting for an excuse like this to return their support centers back home, especially with the way stay-at-home call center services are picking up.  Maybe I can convince my wife to take one of these jobs now that the kids are in school most of the day.

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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “rm -rf cable*”

  1. Jeff Martenson 03 Feb 2008 at 8:46 am

    Thumbing through Google News it looks like the first two, off Alexandria, Egypt, were broken by possibly a single anchor dropped in the wrong place. But Egyptian authorities are apparently denying this, saying it was a no-go area and review of video shows no ships in the area when the cut occurred; Khalleej Times article.

    I don’t see any explanation for the third, 56km off Dubai.

    And now a fourth connecting Qatar and the UAE has reportedly been cut between Haloul and Das. See http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i03tUdyj8wf2Xa9P4trWEjqAJdyQ

    It will be interesting to see what’s going on.

  2. Benon 04 Feb 2008 at 6:42 am

    Slashdot reports a fourth cable cut in less than a week. http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/04/0158249 Increasingly looks like there might be something to your conspiracy theory. :)

  3. Martinon 04 Feb 2008 at 7:50 am

    It looks like the fourth one wasn’t cut so much as it has power problems that are making it very flaky. Before I get serious about this being a conspiracy, I want to know what someone would gain from cutting the Middle East off from the Internet? I can imagine that some of the countries affected would be perfectly happy if their citizens never got Internet access again, but no so much that they’d be willing to cut these cables themselves.

    The first repair ship should be arriving today. While I doubt we’ll get the whole truth as to what really happened, it should be interesting to read the stories coming from the repair ship.

  4. Gregon 04 Feb 2008 at 11:15 am

    I agree, a fourth makes this “look” less and less like coincidence. I didn’t know a fourth had been cut until I read your post. I saw a SANS posting the other week on the cuts, and one of the points the post made was that the backup cables could be failing due to a (major) increase in usage now that the main cable is down.

  5. Moezon 06 Feb 2008 at 8:50 am

    And now, 5.

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