Friday, April 22, 2011

ARTICLE: The anti-social network: avoiding online darkness. By Michael Millar. (

Business reporter, BBC News

A 75-year-old Georgian woman who says she has never even heard of the internet is facing a possible prison sentence for single-handedly cutting off the web to an entire country.

Georgian police arrested Hayastan Shakarian after she allegedly hacked through a fibre optic cable that runs through Georgia to Armenia, while digging for copper.
With one stroke, the pensioner plunged 90% of internet users in Armenia into online darkness for nearly 12 hours.
The episode is a timely reminder that all it takes in our hi-tech world to shut down thousands of companies for a day is a determined old lady with a spade.

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