Friday, April 27, 2018
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Undersea Internet cables 'at risk of attack'


Posted on Friday, 15 December, 2017 | Comment icon 29 comments

What would happen if these cables were severed ? Image Credit: US Navy
The head of Britain's armed forces has warned that an attack on undersea cables could be 'catastrophic'.
During his annual lecture to the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall this week, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach highlighted the importance of defending undersea cables.

He warned that Russia could deliberately disrupt or even sever these cables to cripple communications between Europe and North America.

"There is a new risk to our way of life, which is the vulnerability of the cables that criss-cross the seabeds," he said. "Can you imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted, which would immediately and potentially catastrophically affect both our economy and other ways of living ?"

"Therefore we must continue to develop our maritime forces with our allies with whom we are working very closely, to match and understand Russian fleet modernisation."

To make matters worse, an attack of this nature wouldn't necessarily require military technology - even a fishing trawler equipped with deep-sea grappling hooks could potentially sever an undersea cable.

"In response to the threat posed by the modernisation of the Russian navy, both nuclear and conventional submarines and ships, we along with our Atlantic allies have prioritised missions and tasks to protect the sea lines of communication," said Peach.

Source: Sky News | Comments (29)

Tags: Cables, Attack, Russia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #20 Posted by smokeycat on 16 December, 2017, 18:35
     
Comment icon #21 Posted by pallidin on 16 December, 2017, 18:54
Submarine Cable Map (2017) --- excludes classified cables ---   https://www2.telegeography.com/submarine-cable-map
Comment icon #22 Posted by Captain Risky on 16 December, 2017, 19:40
you sound like you've read a lot up on this. my views are based more on my interests in start-ups from Europe and the states like oneworld and spacex, that want to capitalise on the information boom in auto automation and AI by flooding space with satellites providing 100% internet coverage to the world. as technology develops and space travel becomes more the domain of companies and less governments it will be cheaper and more robust than cables and less infrastructure intensive.  
Comment icon #23 Posted by pallidin on 16 December, 2017, 19:48
Just a muse comment... "Flat-earther's" might say "why don't we just microwave from NYC to London?"
Comment icon #24 Posted by _KB_ on 16 December, 2017, 23:00
true enough
Comment icon #25 Posted by LV-426 on 26 December, 2017, 1:12
As a follow-up story, it seems the Russkies might be doing a spot of fishing... HMS St Albans: Russian warship escorted by UK frigate in North Sea "A British frigate has escorted a Russian warship through the North Sea near UK waters on Christmas Day, the Royal Navy has revealed. It said HMS St Albans monitored the Admiral Gorshkov's "activity in areas of national interest". Russia has not commented on the issue. The Royal Navy said there had been a recent "upsurge in Russian units transiting UK waters". Britain recently warned of a new threat posed by Russia to internet cables under the sea."
Comment icon #26 Posted by stevewinn on 26 December, 2017, 10:30
 
Comment icon #27 Posted by RoofGardener on 26 December, 2017, 11:13
Intriguing story LV-426; thanks for posting it.  I doubt this particular ship was cable hunting, as it has only just been commissioned, and was on its sea trials. Plus, the ship doesn't really seem to be geared up for underwater work, but rather general escort duties. Still... who knows ?  On a slight tangent, I was intrigued by the NAME of the ship. It's full name (according to Wikipedia) is not "Admiral Gorshkov", but Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov. Should we read anything into the fact that the Russian Navy - and inter alia the Russian government - seem to be glorifying t... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by stevewinn on 26 December, 2017, 11:32
Im sure there was a few other Russian Ships escorted as well. a Polar explorer and a Russian Intel Ship. https://uk.liveuamap.com/en/2017/26-december-hms-tyne-also-escorted-a-russian-intelligence
Comment icon #29 Posted by and then on 26 December, 2017, 14:21
It seems true to form for Putin.  Remember his statement on the fall of the USSR:   “First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,” Putin said.  


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
World's largest wind turbine to be 853ft tall
4-26-2018
The upcoming 12 megawatt wind power platform will be almost three times the height of the Statue of Liberty.
Star map update to feature 1.7 billion stars
4-26-2018
Astronomers from ESA's Gaia mission will tomorrow release the largest map of our galaxy ever created.
Fossil footprints hint at giant sloth chase
4-26-2018
New evidence has been discovered to suggest that our ancestors hunted down giant prehistoric sloths.
Was ancient 'hashtag' the first human symbol?
4-25-2018
Hashtag-like etchings found on a rock in South Africa's Blombos Cave are thought to be over 100,000 years old.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Could you survive a nuclear bomb ?
Posted 4-24-2018 | 0 comments
If someone dropped an atomic bomb on a city, what would be your chances of survival ?
 
What does space smell like ?
Posted 4-23-2018 | 0 comments
Does the vacuum of space actually smell of anything and if so, what ?
 
Why is US paper money green ?
Posted 4-22-2018 | 0 comments
Simon Whistler investigates why the color green was used when printing US bank notes.
 
Revealing the secrets of the deep ocean
Posted 4-19-2018 | 0 comments
Scientist Mandy Joye has dedicated her life to exploring the depths of the world's oceans.
 
Giant 3D-printed man
Posted 4-15-2018 | 2 comments
British YouTuber James Bruton has created a giant 3D-printed sculpture of himself.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Dreams and clues to the future
3-31-2018 | Philippines and Germany
 
Black cloaked figure
3-31-2018 | Carlisle, Cumbria, England
 
Three knocks
3-8-2018 | Canada
 
Two shadows of me
3-8-2018 | Bellflower, LA
 
I think I know what I saw
3-5-2018 | Near Sultan, Washington
 
Ghost, or something else ?
3-5-2018 | Ohio, USA
 
 
Black hole in Bismarck
2-14-2018 | Mandan
 
 
Trapped and chased
2-9-2018 | Saskatchewan canada
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2018
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ