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Why mess with an undersea Egyptian Internet cable?

An Egyptian protester streams a demonstration via Skype as people gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square on December 20, 2011. The Egyptian Navy says it caught three men trying to cut a big Internet cable that runs under the Mediterranean causing slow downs in the country and as far away as Pakistan.

The Egyptian Navy says it caught three men trying to cut a big Internet cable that runs under the Mediterranean. A military spokesman says the cable belonged to Telecom Egypt, the major phone and Internet company in the country. No motive was suggested. Experts say there have been Internet slowdowns recently in Egypt, and as far away as Pakistan.

Chester Wisniewski, at the computer security firm Sophos, joins Marketplace Tech host David Brancaccio to discuss the incident.

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Chester Wisniewski is a computer security expert with the computer security firm Sophos.
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