…but that didn’t stop this ‘charming’ Georgian lady of Armenian origins, pensioner Hayastan Shakarian, from cutting a fibre-optic cable and kicking thousands in Armenia and Georgia off the Internet.
“Cyber-granny” (that’s what Armenian bloggers call her now) claims she was digging for scrap metal.
“I have no idea what the internet is,” Hayastan Shakarian told AFP.
The pensioner is facing up to 3 years in prison if found guilty for “damaging property.”
The Georgian interior ministry said Ms Shakarian had confessed to cutting the fibre-optic cable.
The company that owns the cable, Georgian Railway Telecom, said that the damage was serious, causing 90 per cent of private and corporate internet users in neighbouring Armenia to lose access for nearly 12 hours while also hitting Georgian internet service providers.
In case you’re wondering, Armenia has access to internet via Georgia and since Autumn 2009, via Iran as well. However, the commercial use of Iranian gateway started only since February 2010 and it has yet to gain market-share.
Meanwhile, although Georgian Railway Telecom insists that the 380-mile cable (which accounts for 90% of Armenia’s Internet) has “robust protection”, this was not the first time that it has been damaged. I can recount a half a dozen cases only in the past two years.