“Elderly Georgian woman cuts off web access to whole of Armenia” sounds like a headline from the Onion, but it’s actually from the Guardian newspaper, and what’s more, it happens to be true.
The unnamed woman was apparently scavenging for copper to sell as scrap when she accidentally cut through an underground fibre-optic cable with her spade and cut off internet services to all of neighbouring Armenia.
The incident happened on 28 March, not far from Tbilisi. Local media have dubbed the 75-year-old woman "the spade-hacker". She is currently being investigated on suspicion of damaging property and faces up to three years in prison.
Local reports claim the entire country of Armenia lost all internet connections for five hours. The Guardian added that parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected. Georgia provides around 90 per cent of Armenia's internet access. The cable cut by the Spade-Hacker was owned by the Georgian railway network.
Pulling up unused copper cables for scrap is a common means of illegally making money these days, despite the dangers and consequences – as any rail commuter in the UK will know.
Via The Guardian
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