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This is what Egypt's cutoff from the Net looks like: (HT @labovit - it's from a global set of traffic points)

Egypt Leaves the Internet

By James Cowie on January 27, 2011 7:56 PM

Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.

At 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet's global routing table. Approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn, leaving no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt's service providers. Virtually all of Egypt's Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.

This is a completely different situation from the modest Internet manipulation that took place in Tunisia, where specific routes were blocked, or Iran, where the Internet stayed up in a rate-limited form designed to make Internet connectivity painfully slow. The Egyptian government's actions tonight have essentially wiped their country from the global map.

What happens when you disconnect a modern economy and 80,000,000 people from the Internet? What will happen tomorrow, on the streets and in the credit markets? This has never happened before, and the unknowns are piling up. We will continue to dig into the event, and will update this story as we learn more. As Friday dawns in Cairo under this unprecedented communications blackout, keep the Egyptian people in your thoughts.


As pointed out by DUer Turborama, no servers featured on

Internet Shut Down in Egypt But Biden Says Mubarak is No Dictator
By: Siun Thursday January 27, 2011 6:30 pm

The internet and all mobile communications from the people of Egypt have been shut down in what is clearly a key part of the Mubarak regimes preparations to crack down on the democracy protesters. Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) has just sent:

RT @Dima_Khatib show this video to ur media & politicians Internet in #Egypt cut 10 min after its transmission #jan25

The video referred to is from the AP and can be viewed here it shows an unarmed protester being shot.

CNN just interviewed a protester who described how he was arrested and seriously beaten. Ahmed (not his real name) went on to say:

We cant understand how the leader of the free world is looking the other way as we call for freedom

Perhaps Ahmed was thinking of this comment by VP Joe Biden made on PBS Newshour this evening:

Ahead of a day that could prove decisive, NewsHour host Jim Lehrer asked Biden if the time has come for President Mubarak of Egypt to go? Biden answered: No. I think the time has come for President Mubarak to begin to move in the direction that to be more responsive to some of the needs of the people out there.

Asked if he would characterize Mubarak as a dictator Biden responded: Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And hes been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with with Israel. I would not refer to him as a dictator.


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  - Damn...  hlthe2b   Jan-28-11 01:28 AM   #1 
  - Facebook Usage:  Hissyspit   Jan-28-11 04:48 PM   #57 
  - And American presidents now have the same 'Kill Switch'  JCMach1   Jan-28-11 01:28 AM   #2 
  - I was just thinking the same thing. nt  Lorien   Jan-28-11 01:30 AM   #6 
  - And don't think for a second that they won't use it  ixion   Jan-28-11 01:52 AM   #14 
  - On the other hand,  Le Taz Hot   Jan-28-11 04:07 AM   #29 
  - When the unrest finally makes it way here, it will be interesting  WestSeattle2   Jan-28-11 08:02 AM   #33 
  - Karma can be a real batch  molly77   Jan-28-11 10:06 AM   #39 
  - Repeal of posse comitatus. Bush. Internet kill switch. Obama. Don't  decidedlyso   Jan-28-11 08:17 AM   #35 
  - Joe Biden will regret his words as he sees the people rise up and the Empire go down.  molly77   Jan-28-11 10:05 AM   #38 
  - and this...  leftstreet   Jan-28-11 01:29 AM   #3 
  - The Shape of Things to Come.  leveymg   Jan-28-11 01:29 AM   #4 
  - +  struggle4progress   Jan-28-11 02:53 AM   #26 
  - And Mubarak's not a dictator? Imagine how we'd be screaming if Iran did that. Rec'd n/t  Catherina   Jan-28-11 01:30 AM   #5 
  - Wasn't the reason that we ok'd the coup in Honduras is their president wanted  molly77   Jan-28-11 10:10 AM   #40 
  - ...or Cuba, or China, or about anywhere else.  bhikkhu   Jan-28-11 09:40 PM   #71 
  - No servers available on  Turborama   Jan-28-11 01:32 AM   #7 
  - ...but he's not a dictator; co-pilot of Hope Airlines said so  Alamuti Lotus   Jan-28-11 01:34 AM   #8 
  - and don't forget, Assange is a terrorist  JCMach1   Jan-28-11 01:45 AM   #12 
     - Right....ugh.  Alamuti Lotus   Jan-28-11 01:55 AM   #16 
  - From Michael Moore, join the Tor network, Help Egypt join the cloud.  Luminous Animal   Jan-28-11 01:39 AM   #9 
  - What is the cloud?  True_Blue   Jan-28-11 01:54 AM   #15 
  - Click on the links.  Luminous Animal   Jan-28-11 01:57 AM   #17 
  - Tor won't help at the moment... government has shut down most net access  JCMach1   Jan-28-11 01:59 AM   #18 
  - um, yes. And the Tor network is a device to circumvent that shut down.  Luminous Animal   Jan-28-11 02:16 AM   #19 
     - No, it won't help at the moment - there is no access to the internet at all  FreeState   Jan-28-11 02:52 AM   #25 
        - Exactly, the Onion Router has to be able to get to the net...  JCMach1   Jan-28-11 03:56 AM   #28 
  - CAVEATS re- Tor and the Cloud:  snot   Jan-28-11 12:57 PM   #53 
  - Unreal.  laundry_queen   Jan-28-11 01:42 AM   #10 
  - "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!" x 3 times/day since crossing  pacalo   Jan-28-11 01:44 AM   #11 
  - I can't believe Biden said that.  sabrina 1   Jan-28-11 01:48 AM   #13 
  - SIgh. I've been saying this all day, but do you really expect a VP to say anything  gateley   Jan-28-11 02:36 AM   #21 
  - Did it ever occur to you that the comment was addressed TO Mubarak?  jberryhill   Jan-28-11 02:46 AM   #22 
     - When it comes to matters foreign policy and American  malaise   Jan-28-11 04:36 AM   #30 
     - And? If it was? Your point?  gateley   Jan-28-11 11:58 AM   #46 
     - LOL!  liberation   Jan-28-11 09:04 PM   #61 
  - Biden has another hidden agenda.  formercia   Jan-28-11 07:07 PM   #59 
  - Obama, remember that speech you gave in Cairo about democracy and human rights?  EFerrari   Jan-28-11 02:32 AM   #20 
  - OUCH!  Turborama   Jan-28-11 02:50 AM   #24 
  - Bam! n/t  OneGrassRoot   Jan-28-11 08:18 AM   #36 
  - Oh snap! nt  Mojorabbit   Jan-28-11 10:45 AM   #41 
  - Zing  liberation   Jan-28-11 09:05 PM   #62 
  - Mubarak shuts down Internet! #Egypt will shut down Mubarak!  EFerrari   Jan-28-11 02:50 AM   #23 
  - The Pirate Bay stats on #Egypt: Yesterday ~80k active connections at any given point.  EFerrari   Jan-28-11 03:09 AM   #27 
  - Many New (and Disturbing) Egypt Cables Just Released from WikiLeaks:  Hissyspit   Jan-28-11 04:41 AM   #31 
  - kick nt  Hissyspit   Jan-28-11 05:54 AM   #32 
  - Looks like North Korea at night!  Joanne98   Jan-28-11 08:03 AM   #34 
  - K&R ! //nt  Overseas   Jan-28-11 08:42 AM   #37 
  - Kicked.  Major Hogwash   Jan-28-11 10:51 AM   #42 
  - Biden is wrong, Mubarak has been in power for thirty years and he wants his son to take over, they  Uncle Joe   Jan-28-11 10:52 AM   #43 
  - K & R for more information. Thanks, HIssyspit. :) n/t  Cerridwen   Jan-28-11 10:57 AM   #44 
  - Very disappointed in Biden.  efhmc   Jan-28-11 11:42 AM   #45 
  - Don't waste your dissapointment  Old Time Pagan   Jan-28-11 12:03 PM   #47 
     - Disappointment, like human stupidity, are both infinite  liberation   Jan-28-11 09:08 PM   #64 
  - RT @GhadeerM Egypt can use this number for dial up: +33172890150 (login 'toto' password 'toto') - t  Hissyspit   Jan-28-11 12:06 PM   #48 
  - I heard they're keeping one line active--for stock trades  librechik   Jan-28-11 12:06 PM   #49 
  - The spice must flow...  liberation   Jan-28-11 09:09 PM   #65 
  - Sounds like a job for ... ANONYMOUS!  Kablooie   Jan-29-11 01:07 AM   #73 
  - But has anyone asked Imhotep what HE thinks of all this?  TK421   Jan-28-11 12:08 PM   #50 
  - And killing the internet did not work did it - the people are still in the streets. nt  TBF   Jan-28-11 12:08 PM   #51 
  - IT guys, request to give Egyptians access by global proxy from other countries  librechik   Jan-28-11 12:11 PM   #52 
  - An update on that 1st graphc  Turborama   Jan-28-11 01:51 PM   #54 
  - Thanks!  Hissyspit   Jan-28-11 02:20 PM   #56 
  - This will prove to be Biden's last gaffe. May his political life RIP  Disintermedia8   Jan-28-11 02:00 PM   #55 
  - K&R n/t  DeSwiss   Jan-28-11 06:44 PM   #58 
  - Mubarak, the 'frienly dictator'  Rosa Luxemburg   Jan-28-11 08:44 PM   #60 
  - Persians and Arabs don't really get along that well...  liberation   Jan-28-11 09:12 PM   #67 
  - K&R  Shining Jack   Jan-28-11 09:06 PM   #63 
  - you do know 40% of the country survives on less than $2 a day right?  BOG PERSON   Jan-28-11 09:10 PM   #66 
  - You do know they were using the internet to organize, mobilize and inform...  liberation   Jan-28-11 09:13 PM   #68 
  - You do realize the access (and cell phones) was cut to squash protests, right?  tekisui   Jan-28-11 09:13 PM   #69 
  - WTF?  Hissyspit   Jan-28-11 09:43 PM   #72 
  - So to Biden...  Buddha2B   Jan-28-11 09:23 PM   #70 
  - OK IT guys please...  micraphone   Jan-29-11 01:58 AM   #74 

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