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Google Cloud and other internet service providers are recovering from network issues attributed to a network cable cut that began in the Middle East and Asia just before 0700 PDT (1400 UTC). The cable, Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1), is a 25,000km submarine cable operated by a telecom consortium. It connects South East Asia to …

  1. ShadowSystems

    So that's what happened.

    I figured it was Space Squirrels fucking with me again. I used some fresh aluminium foil to make myself a new hat, knickers, & a pair of socks. Does anyone else want me to make them some too?

    *Happily munches on Dried Frog Pills while I enjoy my restored internet connection*

  2. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

    Reporting non-urgent crimes via Twitter? Seriously. The phone is still a thing.

    1. Will Godfrey Silver badge

      But not for much longer, or hadn't you heard. As far as reliability and sound quality is concerned we're being forced for^H^H^H backwards with BT's dash for VOIP only.

  3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Regional data centres

    Why would an outage in Egypt affect a UK Police Forces UK Facebook page? Why would any data need to transit Egypt and leave not just the UK but the wider European region?

    (Asking for my friend Mrs Miggins who's ISP is blaming this event for her loss of t'internet.)

    1. Howard Sway Silver badge

      Re: Regional data centres

      Even more worryingly, why are the police asking people to report crimes using Facebook and Twitter? Are the reports publicly visible? Wouldn't they get deluged with idiotic rubbish? This is perilously close to having to email the fire brigade..................

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Regional data centres

        > why are the police asking people to report crimes using Facebook and Twitter?

        Cos the only reason to report a crime to the polis is to get a crime number that you can put on your insurance claim.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        Re: Regional data centres

        Only a matter of time

      3. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

        Re: Regional data centres

        It's part of the push to get the USA to collect data on everyone everything everywhere.

    2. LateAgain

      Re: Regional data centres

      I do hope that the pie sales weren't adversely affected

    3. SVD_NL Bronze badge

      Re: Regional data centres

      They likely use one of those programs customer service also uses, where multiple messaging channels are consolidated on one platform.

      I do agree it is worrying that a government institution, likely dealing with sensitive information in those messages, relies on networks outside of the European region. Surely they could host all of those services in UK datacenters, or choose European service providers instead.

  4. Meeker Morgan

    What ever happened to ...

    The internet routes around damage?

  5. Missing Semicolon Silver badge
    Black Helicopters


    Two unconnected cables, communicating international data, both suffer an outage at the same time. Well, they might as well connect the packet sniffer to both cables on the dame day.

  6. Dave559 Silver badge

    An evergreen problem?

    Hmm, what has an Evergreen container juggernautica sailed into, dragged with its anchor, or pranged with a mast, on the canal this time?

  7. PeterM42

    So much for internet resilience

    Obviously does not really exist.

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