Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:02 AM
Marrah_G (25,517 posts)
Syria's Internet Reportedly Shut Down (UPDATES)
Source: The Huffington Post | By Catharine Smith
In the midst of escalating fighting between Syrian rebels and the government of President Bashar al-Assad, Syria has been plunged into an Internet blackout that some experts blame on a government effort to restrict the flow of communications, but that government officials have vigorously denied.
The country dropped offline at 10:26 a.m. UTC (12:26 p.m. local Damascus time), according to research firm Renesys.
"In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet," reads a post on the company's blog, published on Thursday morning EST.
When this occurs, Internet traffic coming into and going out of the country stops. The government of Egypt during the Arab Spring uprisings in early 2011 implemented an unprecedented crackdown on the Internet, ordering the nation's Internet service providers to cease international communications.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/syria-internet-down_n_2211458.html
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