The knowledge bank, Wikipedia plunged into darkness when two of the cables near a data centre in Florida were cut. Wikipedia and various other associated sites went offline and were inaccessible for over two hours on Monday. The site however ruled out any report of malicious intent behind the problem.
The two cables that were cut stretched between Tampa and Virginia and were broken for an hour and six minutes, the site reported. After the repair, it took another hour to restore the basic services on Wikipedia. Though the mobile site remained unaffected by the cut the API continued to suffer problems even after the restoration of the main site. UK spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation, the charity that own Wikipedia and various other similar sites while talking to BBC about the problem said, "Things appear to have been patched up, services are being brought back and things are getting to OK now. Someone cut the cables going to the Tampa, Florida data centre. We have two big [centres], one in Florida and one in Virginia, and some network proxies in Amsterdam. "Everyone in that data centre was affected!" though he was still not clear as to what caused the cut.