Wow….just wow.

Internet service in all of Armenia was cut off for several hours when a 75-year old Georgian woman inadvertently cut the main service line between the two countries.

The woman was scavenging for scrap metal when she discovered the primary fiber-optic cable which runs through the two countries. Service went down when she apparently hacked into it with a shovel severing the line, officials said.

“She found the cable while collecting scrap metal and cut it with a view to stealing it,” Georgian interior ministry spokesman Zura Gvenetadze told AFP.

The damage was apparently so severe that 90% of Armenian users lost access for nearly 12 hours while neighboring Georgia and some areas of Azerbajian were also affected.


One Response to Grandma with a shovel shuts down internet connection for entire country

  1. blue cheddar says:

    This really cracked me up because it made me remember that street repairs in Madison shut down the South Central Library Service for 7 or so counties here in Wisconsin on not one but TWO occasions. It seems the construction dudes just had to keep on digging into the cables. Not exactly a whole country shut down as a result, but then again – how big is Armenia?

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