Satellite Imagery Catches Ships that Broke Internet

by Matt Ball on April 14, 2008

Authorities in Dubai are holding two ships suspected of cutting undersea Internet cables that run to the Middle East. Two undersea Internet cables were cut in late January and early February, reducing bandwidth by as much as 70% to the area.

Reliance Globalcom, the owner of the cables, tracked down the ships through the use of satellite imagery. The information was then passed on to authorities, and the MV Hounslow and MT Ann were both detained by the Dubai Port Trust. One of the ships has now been released after paying damages.

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