Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/06/net_killing_granny/

Georgian granny disconnects Armenian internet

Beware copper-scavenging septuagenarians

By Lester Haines

Posted in Data Networking, 6th April 2011 14:43 GMT

A Georgian granny faces a possible three years in jail after a copper-scavenging expedition ended in Armenia's disconnection from the internet.

While hoping to pick up some valuable booty in the village of Ksani on 28 March, the 75-year-old damaged fibre-optic cables owned by the Georgian Railway Telecom company, which serve Armenia, Azerbaijan and eastern Georgia.

Cue an evening of net-free Armenia, as providers ArmenTel, FiberNet Communication and GNC-Alfa were brought down for several hours until normal service resumed after midnight.

Given her advanced years, the septuagenarian internet-killer has been released "pending the end of the investigation and subsequent trial", the BBC notes. ®