A Single Beaver Caused Internet Outages in Canada


Photo of a Beaver

Web outages are frequent, particularly in rural areas the place it could actually take some time for web service suppliers to search out the supply of an issue. That simply occurred earlier this month in Canada, the place a beaver was liable for a long-lasting web outage.

Web entry in a few of British Columbia, Canada was unexpectedly shut down on June 7, lasting for “greater than eight hours,” in accordance with CTV Information. NetBlocks, which tracks community disruptions and shutdowns worldwide, additionally recognized a drop in web entry in BC throughout that point.

Graph showing drop in network connectivity in Canada on June 7
Web connectivity in Canada on June 7, 2022 NetBlocks

The reason for the incident was later recognized as a beaver — sure, a beaver. The affected fiber optic line was strung alongside poles owned by the British Columbia Hydro and Energy Authority, and when BC Hydro crews investigated the outage, they discovered beaver chew marks on the backside of a tree that fell down on the traces. BC Hydro’s Bob Gammer instructed CTV Information, “I wouldn’t be a wealthy man if I had a nickel for each beaver outage, however they do occur.”

Most web outages don’t have fairly as humorous of a trigger as a semiaquatic mammal, however related incidents are pretty frequent. The location ‘Cyber Squirrel 1’ tracks community outages reportedly brought on by animals, together with 1,252 from squirrels and 115 from raccoons, although it hasn’t been up to date since 2019.

Supply: CTV News, NetBlocks

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