Friday, April 22, 2011

You can't make this stuff up: 75-year-old scrap hunter shuts down Georgia's and Armenia's Internet

This under the headline "Free Mrs. Shakarian":

The country of Georgia wants to pin the shutdown of the Internet on 75-year-old Aishtan Shakarian who spent March 28th scavenging for copper. Why copper? According to the CIA’s World Factbook, one of the country’s “main economic activities includes the mining of manganese and copper. Since 45 percent of the country live below the poverty level, I’m not at all surprised that this hardworking, ingenuous rural resident went to work on some mining of her own, an exercise that authorities say caused her to “allegedly” cut through the country’s international cable often called the “West-East fiber-optic backbone.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, “The West-East fiber-optic backbone is laid underground along railway tracks.” Georgian Railway Telecom claimed not only was the damage severe,”…causing 90 percent of private and corporate Internet users in neighbouring Armenia to lose access for nearly 12 hours,” they claim the wires have “robust protection.”

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