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Not Your Usual Hacker: Elderly Woman Inadvertently Cuts Off Internet Service for Entire Nation

Not Your Usual Hacker: Elderly Woman Inadvertently Cuts Off Internet Service for Entire Nation - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Apparently Bingo was too boring for this grandma. A 75-year-old woman in the former Soviet Georgia is in trouble with the law after she allegedly cut off Internet service to neighboring Armenia by severing fiber-optic cables with a shovel, AFP reported.

Internet service for Armenia was down for hours March 28 after the fiber-optic cables were severed. A Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman said the senior citizen admitted damaging the cables while rummaging for copper in the village of Ksani.

Considering her “advancing years,” the woman has been released from custody pending the end of the investigation and subsequent trial, the spokesman told AFP.

The fiber-optic cables, owned by the Georgian Railway Telecom company, serve eastern Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“I cannot understand how this lady managed to find and damage the cable,” the head of the company’s marketing department, Giorgi Ionatamishvili, told AFP. “It has robust protection and such incidents are extremely rare.”

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