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Do sharks hate the Internet? Google faces under-water predators

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Google is wrapping its trans-Pacific underwater cables in the same material used in bullet-proof vests, in face of shark attacks, Network World website reported.

At a Google Cloud Roadshow event in Boston, a product manager on the Google cloud team said the search giant is going to great lengths to protect its under-water infrastructure by wrapping its cables in Kevlar.

The cables, made out of glass fibres, carry internet content around the world and are protected against impact by several layers of material.

Fiber cables support transmission speeds of up to one gigabit per second, about 100 times faster than the average copper cable connection.

These cables carry high voltage and therefore emit electric and magnetic fields around and along the cables which Sharks mistake for prey and begin to feed on the cable.