In what is being called "the new cold war," Russian ships nearing undersea cables are shedding light on a very real possibility. That in the face of a new Russia US conflict, Russia could strategically cut these underwater internet cables, leading to a loss of connectivity not just to the United States, but potentially to the entire world. See, these cables are the physical foundation of the world's communications network - including the internet. So how did underwater cables become the backbone of worldwide communication?
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Read more about the underwater cables:
CNN: U.S. sensors detect Russian submarines near underwater cables
The New York Times: Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort