• How a 75-Year Old Woman Killed the Internet In Two Countries

    She didn't mean anything by it. But while a 75-year old woman set out to collect scrap metal in the village of Ksani last week, by the time she got home she'd cut off internet service to both Georgia and Armenia.

    How'd the unnamed pensioner do it? When she came across a line of fiber optic cable, she decided it looked valuable enough to steal. When she cut it, she killed internet service to thousands of people in the two neighboring countries for hours.

    She could face up to three years in prison for damaging property but given her age they may let her off easy. In the meantime, remember: we're all just a scrap metal hoarder away from having all our precious lolcats stripped away in an instant.

    Source: Today
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      cutting internet for thousands sounds easy, but that can hardly be called killing the internet in two countries...

      Why is fiber optic cable just laying around anyway? Seems like an animal could go up and chew on it. I have to take measures to protect my power cord to my laptop from cat teeth in my own home and they leave their fiber optic cable that unprotected?
    1. Cabalo's Avatar
      Cabalo -
      I've seen some photos of surfaced fiber optics cables just lying around, like trash. There's a famous one illustrating how internet arrives to Iceland, and it's in a rocky beach, a normal cable with a couple of buoys signaling the place.
      Anyone could get there and in an instant cut the entire country's access.
    1. TONiC's Avatar
      TONiC -
      Just demonstrates the weakness in infrastructure that so many countries face.
    1. godofhell's Avatar
      godofhell -
      stupid ISP ... 1 wire for 2 countries ? REALLY?!?!?!
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      Internet service to Georgia and Armenia? Really? It doesn't surprise me it was essentially an extension cord running from a neighbor's house. It's most likely how they get their cable channels too...