Egypt marine forces on Wednesday foiled a "criminal operation" to sabotage internet services by cutting a fiber optic cable in the Mediterranean, a military spokesman said.
“The marine forces today successfully foiled an attempt by three divers while they were cutting a submarine cable for internet connection belonging to Egypt Telecom,” Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said in a statement on his official Facebook page. He said they were caught on a speeding fishing boat just off the port city of Alexandria.
Previous damage to underwater internet cables disrupted internet services in Egypt.
Al Ahram Online quoted Link Dot Net boss Waseem Arsani as saying that the "The technical damage could disrupt Egypt's internet services by almost 50 percent."
The report about the foiled operation in Egypt coincided with news that a cut of internet cable in the Arabian Sea near Karachi had disrupted internet service in Pakistan by 60 percent on Wednesday.
"Nearly 50 percent of Pakistan’s internet traffic faces disruption as SMW4 – one of the four undersea cables that connects the country with internet was damaged," a report by in the Pakistan's Tribune said.
In 2008, similar damages to submarine cables disrupted the internet services across the Middle East and called into doubt the safety of underwater telecommunication cables. The causes were not immediately known, prompting various speculations that involved conspiracy theories of secret regional wars.