The silent Cyber War between Russia and the West has reached a new stage as Russian vessels seem to be exploring the exact location of major subsea data communication cables.
Russian submarines and reconnaissance vessels have been spotted near the cables that are vital to international data communications and the Internet. The US MoD has expressed concerns that de Russian Navy may damage cables in very deep waters, where repair is difficult and time consuming.
Last month, the Russian research ship Yantar, equipped with two self-propelled deep-sea submersible craft, was spotted cruising slowly off the East Coast of the United States on its way to Cuba — where one major cable lands near the US naval station at Guantánamo Bay. It was monitored constantly by US spy satellites, vessels and planes. US Navy officials said the Yantar and the submersible vehicles it can drop off its decks have the capability to cut cables miles down in the ocean.
Is there cause for real worries? We know that the Internet has been designed to survive substantial attacks to its infrastructure. What’s more: cables are cut or ruptured on a daily basis, by ship anchors that are dragged and by natural disasters, without interrupting international data traffic. And with regard to the Yantar story: the cable between Florida and Cuba has no strategic value whatsoever as Cuba is not the largest global business center, to say the least.
For now, we believe that it is a great story that has little to do with the real world of day-to-day business. Move on people, nothing to see here! Read more
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