The main question on the lips of U.S. Intelligence is whether Russia is planning to cut underwater internet cables. Even though it is just a rumor for now, military officials and people who work in the U.S. Intelligence are seriously considering this possibility.
The cables they are referring too are the underwater ones which control most of the internet connections all across the world. Losing them would be a huge catastrophe for the entire world, especially for companies working in the private sector.
Reports show that Russian spy ships and submarines are getting very close to some of those important cables located under the sea. There is no evidence yet that Russia is actually planning to take those cables down but some U.S. officials are concerned due to Russia’s military activity around the world which has intensified in the last few years.
This subject also shows that the United States have started to watch every step the Kremlin takes with distrust. Some are even saying that this situation is very similar to the one they faced during the Cold War.
Commander William Marks who is a spokesman for the Washington Navy did not want to discuss the specifics of this concern. He only said that it is only normal for them to be worried about the possibility of any country trying to tamper with communication cables. But due to the classified nature of submarine operations he cannot go into any further details on this subject.
All of this comes at a time when Washington is already keeping an eye out on what Russia is doing all over the world. The commander of the Navy’s submarine fleet which is located in the Pacific did not comment on this concern but he did say that they are seriously worried about what Russia might be planning to do.
Researcher Michael Sechrist said that these network cables could be damaged in a secret manner with the right equipment. He further stated that any country could do this covertly without the need of a warship equipped with cable-cutting equipment. He also added that things like this happen all the time. Cables can regularly be cut by anchors dragged behind ships or by natural disasters.
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