A transAtlantic cable was severed.

According to this bbc article in Sci/Tech and Janet took a dump for 24
hours
as A direct result.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_284000/284702.stm

Henry R. Linneweh

whoa it filtered out the URL…HMM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_284000/284702.stm