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posted by mrpg on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the cable-comrade?-what-cable? dept.

Russia a 'risk' to undersea cables, defence chief warns

The UK's most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defence staff, said Britain and Nato needed to prioritise protecting the lines of communication. He said it would be an "immediately and potentially catastrophic" hit to the economy if they were cut or disrupted.

The cables criss-cross the seabed, connecting up countries and continents. [...] Speaking to the Royal United Services Institute defence think tank, Sir Stuart said the vulnerability of undersea lines posed a "new risk to our way of life".

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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:21AM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:21AM (#610670)

    Read about all that in the highly reliable and objective mass media did you?

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:27PM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:27PM (#610688) Journal

    Oh look, a contrarian puke with upmods aplenty.

    Putin the dictator is running for his fourth six-year presidential term. I wonder if he'll win?

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:20PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:20PM (#610705)

      Putin the dictator is running for his fourth six-year presidential term. I wonder if he'll win?

      As a wildly idealistic USian plebian living in the USA, allow me to explain within this post, and with the utmost maximum extent I can muster to you, EXACTLY how much I care about the politics in some other authoritarian train wreck of a country that isn't the one I'm living in.

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:43PM

        by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:43PM (#610708) Journal

        Great. You can continue to hold no opinion. And if a Russian or Chinese hack affects you or a major Internet cable gets cut, you'll be fine because it's somebody else's business. And certainly nothing these countries do will have an effect on your economic well being.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by janrinok on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:37PM (2 children)

    by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @02:37PM (#610695) Journal

    No - it was my job until retirement.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 18 2017, @12:08AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 18 2017, @12:08AM (#611168)

      That's actually not any better than the mass media. Remember Iraq's WMDs, as reported by the US intelligence agencies?

      • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Monday December 18 2017, @05:41PM

        by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Monday December 18 2017, @05:41PM (#611490) Journal

        Do you remember some of the rubbish spouted by ACs? But we don't judge all ACs by the few that are idiots.

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