This among hundreds of other bothersome pieces of news is worrisome…all in the realm of possibilities, and so disruptive. OUCH.
Russian intelligence agents have been sent to Ireland to make the precise locations of undersea cables connecting Europe to North America, and it’s raising fears that they plan to tap or even cut them, The Sunday Times reported.
Irish security services believe that the agents were sent by Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, the GRU, and are checking the fiber-optic cables for weak points, The Times also reported, citing police and military sources.
They were also seen monitoring Dublin Port, which prompted the country to ramp up security at a number of landing sites along the Irish coast, The Times reported. It’s unclear where else the agents have been seen.
The vast network of transatlantic cables that run under the world’s oceans power the internet, texts, calls, and global financial transactions. About 97% of all intercontinental data is transferred through these cables, according to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
Ireland is an ideal location for these undersea maps, given its proximity to North America and Europe.