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BRUSSELS — Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials.
The apparent Russian focus on the cables, which provide Internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe, could give the Kremlin the power to sever or tap into vital data lines, the officials said. Russian submarine activity has increased to levels unseen since the Cold War, they said, sparking hunts in recent months for the elusive watercraft.
“We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don’t believe we have ever seen,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO’s submarine forces. “Russia is clearly taking an interest in NATO and NATO nations’ undersea infrastructure.”
NATO has responded with plans to reestablish a command post, shuttered after the Cold War, to help secure the North Atlantic. NATO allies are also rushing to boost anti-submarine warfare capabilities and to develop advanced submarine-detecting planes.
Britain’s top military commander also warned that Russia could imperil the cables that form the backbone of the modern global economy. The privately owned lines, laid along the some of the same corridors as the first transatlantic telegraph wire in 1858, carry nearly all of the communications on the Internet, facilitating trillions of dollars of daily trade. If severed, they could snarl the Web. If tapped, they could give Russia a valuable picture of the tide of the world’s Internet traffic.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
There ya go. Lets start a war with submarine powers so we can get all the ocean Internet cables blown up. Then everyone should start shooting at satellites so we can get overbearing space junk. Then maybe launch a few EMP's. The bright side is we wont have to worry as much about Skynet.
this isnt really new at all and govts have been tapping into the undersea communications networks for decades.
Yeah, nothing new about this. If anything Russia is playing catch-up, we never stopped and that whole collapse of the USSR thing knocked them back a bit.
Die USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) ist ein Atom-U-Boot der Seawolf-Klasse, das für Spezialoperationen (insbesondere das Ausspähen von Daten aus Seekabeln) modifiziert wurde
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is the third and last Seawolf-class submarine in the United States Navy. She is named for Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States; Carter is the only President who had qualified in submarines, having served as a Communications Officer, Sonar Officer, Electronics Officer, Weapons Officer, and Supply Officer while on board USS Pomfret. Jimmy Carter is one of the few ships of the United States Navy (and only the third submarine) to have been named for a person who was alive at the time of the ship's naming, and the only submarine to be named for a living former president.