Notorious Russian Ship Yanter Suspected of Cutting Syria’s Undersea Internet Cables

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A Russian ship, suspected by intelligence and military officials to be capable of cutting undersea Internet cables, is spotted near the coast of Syria. According to reports, presence of the ship (named Yanter), coincides with what researchers say is a marked uptick in the instability of Internet traffic in Syria.

Could be just a coincidence but: “It’s possible that the Internet outages in Syria and Yantar’s presence in the neighborhood are merely a coincidence. But the Internet in Syria has a history of going down at times that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has plotted military offensives, raising the possibility that Russia may be assisting in a communications blackout as its military forces pound rebel positions in the beleaguered city of Aleppo.” Shane Harris reporting in the Daily Beast

Is Yantar messing with a submarine cable in the eastern Med? Dyn’s Director of Internet Analysis, Doug Madory provided additional information on the situation this morning via email: “Russian vessel Yantar is currently parked off the Syrian coast. … I have noticed a recent uptick in routing instability affecting Syria. … My contact in Syria said that it is coming from problems on a submarine cable. … Is the Yantar messing with a submarine cable in the eastern Med? The experts in the industry that I know say it is impossible to tap a submarine cable while it is underwater. There are a lot of coincidences here however. The Yantar is supposedly for scientific research purposes. Guess it recently decided to conduct some research off the coast of Syria.”

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