(The Hosting News) – Exactly what kind of effect can an accidental cable cut have on a major web presence? Top online encyclopedia Wikipedia unfortunately discovered just that yesterday as the site malfunctioned during a time period that persisted more than two hours, according to a report by the BBC.
“We’re having some technical issues, but our engineers are working on it. We’ll be back soon!,” stated Wikipedia via its official Twitter account. The site later confirmed the downtime was caused by a cut to a “fiber optic cable” close to its data center in Florida.
Wikipedia functions from operating servers at its data center in Tampa, Florida. The news story from the BBC noted that the cables were linked between Tampa and the U.S. state of Virginia.
Some access to the site was still available, however. Users could still view Wikipedia’s mobile version on devices including smartphones and tablets.
So how were the cables accidently cut? That remains to be seen. Cable cuts have historically played a significant factor in causing web downtime. It was reported in April of last year that a woman digging for scrap metal accidently cut a fiber optic cable, thus causing internet downtime for countries including Georgia and Armenia. Wikipedia previously imposed a self-inflicted black out when opposing controversial antipiracy legislation including the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).