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Three Egyptian men have been arrested for attempting to cut an undersea internet cable, which affected internet speeds in Alexandria and could have caused further outage and disruption.

Three Egyptian men have been arrested for attempting to cut an undersea internet cable, which affected internet speeds in Alexandria and could have caused further outage and disruption.

 
The men were arrested by authorities as they steered a fishing boat off the coast of the ancient city, where they were cutting through the undersea cable. It is not clear what they were using to do this, nor why they wanted to destroy internet connectivity in the region.
 
The operator of the cable, Seacom, said that several lines connecting Europe with Africa, the Middle East and Asia were also affected by sabotage. Potentially the men were acting as part of a larger group attempting to cause internet chaos.
 
 66650348 66650345 Egyptians arrested for trying to cut undersea internet cable
 
Undersea cables have previously been damaged, resulting in outages, but these have usually been blamed on accidents, such as ship propellers clipping them when sailing by.
 
While the motives of the men are not yet known, the Egyptian revolt of 2011 resulted in an internet blackout in the country as the then president Hosni Mubarak attempted to cling to power. It is possible that some factions in the country are hoping to isolate people from outside influence or prevent them accessing uncensored information online.
 
Source: BBC
Image Credit: Egyptian Navy (via BBC)