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From the New York Times - "Russian submarines and spy ships are aggressively operating near the vital undersea cables that carry almost all global Internet communications, raising concerns among some American military and intelligence officials that the Russians might be planning to attack those lines in times of tension or conflict." http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/26/world/europe/russian-presence-near-undersea-cables-concerns-us.html?_r=1 Key points from the article: “The level of activity,” a senior European diplomat said, “is comparable to what we saw in the Cold War.” What worries Pentagon planners most is that the Russians appear to be looking for vulnerabilities at much greater depths, where the cables are hard to monitor and breaks are hard to find and repair. One NATO ally, Norway, is so concerned that it has asked its neighbors for aid in tracking Russian submarines. The role of the cables is more important than ever before. They carry global business worth more than $10 trillion a day, including from financial institutions that settle transactions on them every second. Any significant disruption would cut the flow of capital. The cables also carry more than 95 percent of daily communications. So important are undersea cables that the Department of Homeland Security lists their landing areas at the top of its list of “critical infrastructure.” Russia is also building an undersea unmanned drone capable of carrying a small, tactical nuclear weapon to use against harbors or coastal areas, American military and intelligence analysts said. I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that Russia still in fact holds the title of KON.
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