What Jersey can teach us about Russia's 'risk' to undersea cables

Russia could destroy Britain's economy

Delivering his annual Christmas lecture, he said: "There is a new risk to our way of life which is the vulnerability of the cables that crisscross the seas".

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said at the Royal United Services Institute that communications cables that run along the seabed between countries must be protected. "International trading and financial transactions are managed across sub-sea cables".

The senior military officer in Britain warns that the Russian navy could sever undersea communications and internet cables and do "catastrophic" economic damage, The Independent reports.

It called on the Government to address the security threat on the UK's undersea cables in its next Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Peach said in a speech yesterday that Russian Federation is pioneering unusual technology and cyberwarfare methods and added that its ships had been spotted close to the location of important cables.

The report, written by Conservative MP Rishi Sunak, cited USA intelligence officials speaking about Russian submarines "aggressively operating" near Atlantic cables.

British defense officials have warned that Russian Federation, in addition to possibly Iran and China, pose an existential threat to the Western way of life by developing capabilities to target undersea communications cables that carry 97 percent of all digital traffic and $10 trillion in daily financial transactions. It notes that one of the first things Russian Federation did when it annexed Crimea was to sever the main cable connection to the outside world.

"Therefore we must continue to develop our maritime forces, with our allies, to match Russian fleet modernization".

"Can you imagine a scenario where those cables are cut or disrupted, which would immediately and potentially catastrophically affect both our economy and other ways of living?" asked Peach.

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