Enemy submarine threats to undersea cables put international telecommunications and the Internet at risk

Feb. 5, 2020
Tampering or destruction from either a malign state actor or terrorist organization could cause billions of dollars’ worth of economic damage.

WASHINGTON – Russia — through intensified submarine activity — is threatening our undersea cables. Should we be worried? Probably more than you think. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

5 Feb. 2020 -- For the most part, the Internet is more physical than many believe; we aren’t internationally connected by satellites in the sky, but by cables deep under the ocean’s surface.

Since these cables are privately owned and maintained, anyone with malicious intent and the means to do so can impact our way of life drastically.

In fact, 98 percent of all international voice, data, video, and Internet traffic is through these submarine cables. Simply put, they are not only the backbone of the international telecommunications system but are absolutely fundamental to our international financial system and the world’s global infrastructure.

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