Granny cuts off Georgia's internet during scrap hunt
Usually when there are internet problems in former Soviet countries, people suspect nefarious government interference. This time, though, it was a granny on the hunt for scrap metal who damaged fibre-optic cables leading from Georgia to Armenia and knocked the entire country's internet out for several hours.
The 75-year-old woman was hunting for copper in rural Georgia when she dug up the cable that is part of a network providing internet to much of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
"She found the cable while collecting scrap metal and cut it to with a view to stealing it," Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told Agence France Presse. The woman was arrested in the village of Ksani and charged with damaging property.
"Taking into account her advancing years, she has been released pending the end of the investigation and subsequent trial," said Mr Gvenetadze.
Georgia provides Armenia with around 90 per cent of its internet capacity, and the damaged cable meant that the whole country was without properly functioning internet for more than 12 hours one day last week. Thousands of homes and businesses in Georgia also found themselves disconnected. It was late in the night before services were got back to normal.
Giorgi Ionatamishvili, a spokesman for Georgian Railway Telecom, told Bloomberg the cable belonged to the company and said customers suffered "massive and catastrophic" damage. "We don't how she found the optic cable, which was secure," he said, adding that bad weather and mudslides may have made the cables more vulnerable.
This is the second time that there has been an internet blackout due to damaged cables. In 2009, another person scavenging for scrap metal also struck a cable, causing an outage in Georgia.
tvSpolier alert: Find out the result of a heated final show
peopleWhat advice would David Cameron give to his younger self?
Beatles rush out 'bootleg' album to defy EU copyright law
Geoffrey Macnab reviews The Desolation of Smaug - the meat in Peter Jackson's Hobbit sandwich
Harvey Weinstein reveals his secret weapon on-set
Now that an oil trader's drinking has got him sacked, will we all have to make do with an afternoon latte?
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Idris Elba get nods for Best Actor, which no black Brit has ever won
Auction house to give away $1m masterpiece in charity raffle - and tickets are only $100 each
Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
French café starts charging extra to rude customers
Australia: Gay marriage law reversed by high court less than a week after first weddings
Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ sign language interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute in Soweto
- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 4 Australia incest case: Severely deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 5 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- < Previous
- Next >
£55000 - £60000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: Senior C# ASP.NET Deve...
Negotiable: Harrington Starr: QA Automation Tester FX Trading Platform(Ruby, ...
£25000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: VB.NET SQL Developer/...
£45000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits : Harrington Starr: Senior Automation QA ...