Monday, 2 May 2011

Off Line??

Elderly woman arrested for crashing internet

A pensioner from Georgia is facing charges for disrupting internet services in her home country and neighbouring nation Armenia.

According to AFP, the woman was scavenging for scrap metal on March 28 when she damaged the fibre-optic cable linking the two countries. As a result, thousands of people could not access the internet for around 12 hours.

The 75-year-old could now face up to three years of imprisonment after admitting to the crime.
Zura Gvenetadze, a Georgian spokesperson, said: "She found the cable while collecting scrap metal and cut it with a view to stealing it.

"Taking into account her advancing years, she has been released pending the end of the investigation and subsequent trial."

The cable belongs to Georgian Railway Telecom, and a service provider spokesperson responded: "I cannot understand how this lady managed to find and damage the cable. It has robust protection and such incidents are extremely rare."

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