reply to post by the crazed one
I think this is another scenario that should be looked into. Cutting cables is a disruption but it wouldn't cease the network of the country as they
re-route through neighbours networks.
One of the best ways of disrupting major services is Denial of Service attacks & this could be a possible cause for the cutting of cables.
Denial of Service attacks are initiated by using dumb terminals around the world to send lots of information to one particular service which overloads
it & thus causes the service to go offline.
These dumb terminals are unsuspecting home users who unknown to them have Trojan horses sitting on their machines awaiting instructions from a host.
When that host then initiates the attack the home user’s machine starts sending as much data as is possible from that internet line, to the victim
of the attack. So with millions of computers infected with these Trojans the amount of data being sent is huge.
Now there is a single point of failure to the internet as we know it & that is the root DNS servers. Again just in case people aren't aware of what
these servers do here's a brief explanation.
Each connected system to the internet whether your PC with its modem or router or a company through its leased line has what is known as an IP
address, this number is the identifier to each system & is in the format of 192.168.100.100 this is just an example.
What the DNS servers do is when you type www.abovetopsecret.com it resolves this simple name to the IP Address of that service which in this case is
Now there are millions of DNS servers around the world but they are all governed by only 13 root servers which are all housed in the U.S.
The root DNS servers were attacked previously & they brought down 7 of them this was back in 2002.
Now what if such a massive attack was formulated to attack a crucial service like the root DNS servers, but this time more a concentrated attack then
it would bring down the internet as we know it, albeit possibly only temporarily.
So if the intelligence networks knew that something was about to be initiated & with the vast majority of dumb terminals being held in Asia & the
middle east then perhaps this was the reason they cut the lines.
I'm not so sure if it would be the root DNS servers that would be the targets as the DNS servers scattered around the globe would sustain the records
of most services until the root DNS servers came back online.
But perhaps another just as critical service was about to be attacked.
Who knows but it's another theory & there's no doubt in mind an attack by someone caused this. I work in IT infrastructure in the oil & gas sector
& we had a recent case where my company’s services from the UK to Norway were down for a couple of days.
What had happened was that the company maintaing the subsea link hadn't realised that the backup cable had previously been damaged & when the main
cable got damaged then we had no services until 1 of the cables was repaired.
So I can understand 1 or possibly 2 going down but 4 that's just not right.