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Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia was knocked offline on Monday thanks to two accidentally cut cables near a data centre in Florida.
The site, and various associated services, were inaccessible or extremely sluggish for over two hours beginning at around 1430 BST on Monday.
A status web page showed various parts of the Wikimedia network as suffering performance issues.Wikipedia ruled out any suggestion of malicious intent being behind problem.
After the cables were repaired, it took another hour for basic service on Wikipedia to be restored.