Russian ships are hovering around submarine communication cables, raising fears in the United States and its allies that the Kremlin is accentuating the information war.
Is Moscow looking to cut or intercept the cables? Do you want to cause fear in Western countries? Or is there an innocent explanation? To no one’s surprise, Russia is silent about it.
Whatever the intentions of Moscow, it disturbs the authorities in the United States and Western countries the interest of its rival for the 400 fibre optic cables that carry most of the calls, emails and texts of the world as well as financial transactions by a value of 10 trillion dollars per day.
“We have seen activity by the Russian navy, especially its submarines, as we had not seen since the 1980s,” General Curtiss Scaparrotti, head of the US command in Europe, told Congress.
Without the submarine cables, the bank of an Asian country could not send money to Saudi Arabia to pay for oil. The US military command would have problems communicating with its forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East. A student in Europe could not communicate via Skype with his parents in the United States.
All this information is transmitted by glass fibres wrapped in underground cables that in some cases are little thicker than a garden hose. There are in total almost 998 thousand kilometres (620 thousand miles) of fibre optic cables that plow the sea floor, enough to take about 25 laps of the earth.
The majority belong to private telecommunications companies, including giants such as Google and Microsoft. Its location is visible on public maps, represented by lines that look like noodles. Although the cutting of a cable would have few consequences, the one of several at a time or in nodal points could cause a major blackout.
Source: La Hora