Four critical submarine cables cut – 'we have a global problem'

“Now we already have a global problem,” Becca Doveri commented on the news.

Ship Rubymar sinking in US Navy photo. AP

Several important submarine cables have been destroyed in the Red Sea.

Hong Kong-based network operator HGC Communications reports that at least four submarine cables have been severed in the area. Because of this, the company had to replace a quarter of its Internet traffic. This may affect online services around the world, especially in the Middle East.

Red Sea cables have been described as essential for the movement of data between Europe and Asia.

In its announcement, HGC did not take a position on which party is suspected of cable damage. In Israeli media, the Houthis have been blamed for severing the cables. In recent weeks, Yemeni rebels supporting the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza war have attacked several cargo ships in the Red Sea.

Yemen's government-in-exile had already warned a month earlier that the Houthis might also plan to attack submarine cables. However, the Houthi administration denies any involvement in the damage.

According to another theory, the cargo ship Rubymar's anchor may have broken the cables. The Wall Street Journal. A British ship was abandoned by its crew after it was attacked by the Houthis on February 18. Data cables can break as the ship moves for days in the Red Sea, dragging the anchor behind it. Rubimer then sank.

Repairing the cables may take months due to the tense situation in the region.

For example, data cables have been damaged in the past in the Baltic Sea. Becca Doveri, a member of parliament for Gomoos, writes the former intelligence chief of the General Staff In XCutting submarine cables is already a “global problem”.

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– Attacks on internationally important telecommunications infrastructure and maritime transport will become more common if not dealt with quickly. Doveri says we can't afford it.

Financial media Forbes Undersea fiber optic cables carry 97 percent of all Internet traffic in the world.

The cargo ship Rubimar was abandoned by its crew when it was attacked by the Houthis on February 18. One theory is that the data cables may have broken as the ship drifted in the Red Sea for days, dragging an anchor behind it. Al-Jumhuriya TV / Reuters

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