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[liberationtech] Are undersea cables tapped before they get to ISP's? [was Re: Security over SONET/SDH]

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Jun 25 08:00:33 PDT 2013


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Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:55:23 +0000
From: "Dobbins, Roland" <rdobbins at arbor.net>
To: NANOG list <nanog at nanog.org>
Subject: Re: Are undersea cables tapped before they get to ISP's? [was Re: Security over SONET/SDH]


On Jun 25, 2013, at 9:38 PM, Christopher Morrow wrote:

> this I thought included the capabilities to drag the fiber/line into the hull for 'work' to be done... I'd note that introducing signal
> loss on the longhaul fiber seems 'risky', you'd have to know (and this isn't hard I bet) the tolerances of the link in question and have a
> way to stay inside those tolerances and not introduce new splice-points/junctions/etc and be careful for the undersea cable
> power (electric) requirements as well.

Kind of makes one think about the spate of high-profile submarine cable breaks over the past couple of years in a different light, doesn't it?

;>

> and yea, why not just work with the landindstation operators to use the existing monitoring ports they use? (or get a copy of the monitor ports)

Operational security in the original meaning of the term (i.e., what people don't know about, they can't talk to reporters from the Guardian about).

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