In view of the Russian threat, the submarine cables are looking for their protective shield
Red alert for submarine cables. Since the alleged sabotage of the Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, the fear of an XXL attack on these vital lines in order to benefit from the Internet and mobile communications has increased many times over. while acc Europe 1Emmanuel Macron ordered an inspection at the beginning of October to ensure the safety of around thirty submarine cables running through France, Ursula von der Leyen reminded the European Parliament on October 5 that “it is in the interests of all Europeans to better protect them strategic infrastructure.” In particular, the Commission President announced a plan to identify deficiencies, conduct stress tests and make recommendations.
Ireland also expressed concern. In August 2021, the country observed off its coast the Russian spy ship Yantar following the route of the Celtic Norse and AEConnect-1 submarine cables connecting Ireland to the United States. On board the Yantar, the AS-37 mini-submarine proved that it can submerge to a depth of 6,000 meters. This growing threat is also fueled by the Kremlin’s blamed cuts in submarine cables during the 2014 annexation of Crimea. “We have known for a long time that Russia is very interested in this topic and is showing aggression,” argues the former Bernard Barbier, Technical Director of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE). An XXL Internet failure is of course possible, but Moscow would have to cut at least ten cables for this.
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