We’ve heard of hackers shutting down the Internet, but this is ridiculous…
The woman was illegally foraging for copper to sell as scrap when she hacked through a fiber-optic cable owned by the Georgian state railway, according to The Guardian:
“As Georgia provides 90% of Armenia’s internet, the woman’s unwitting sabotage had catastrophic consequences. Web users in the nation of 3.2 million people were left twiddling their thumbs for up to five hours as the country’s main internet providers – ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa – were prevented from supplying their normal service. Television pictures showed reporters at a news agency in the capital Yerevan staring glumly at blank screens. Large parts of Georgia and some areas of Azerbaijan were also affected.”
Local media called the woman the “spade-hacker,” but it’s not joke for her. She could face up to three years in prison for damaging property, although she’s been released for now on account of her age.