Offline: Syria Has Disappeared From the Internet
More technically, what happened was that within the global routing table, all 84 blocks of IP addresses assigned to Syria have gone unreachable. That means that Internet traffic destined for that country is going undelivered, and also that traffic coming from within it cannot get out to the world.
Renesys is still investigating whatâ€™s going on, but, as weâ€™ve seen in other countries, cutting off the Internet is usually meant to try and control the flow of information to the world. Itâ€™s also a pretty sure sign that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is either getting nervous about how it is being perceived in the world, or that it is planning something unspeakably harsh in the coming days and wants as little information emerging from that country as possible.
People on Twitter are starting to notice. And hashtag #SyriaBlackout is showing up:
Canâ€™t call Syria. Scary blackout, as if things can get scarier still.Â #Syria.#SyriaBlackout
So Iâ€™m not the only one not getting through RT @BSyria: Canâ€™t call Syria. Scary blackout, as if things can get scarier still.Â #SyriaBlackout
TheÂ Associated PressÂ (via the Seattle Times) has a report citing Syrian activists saying that the government has cut off Internet and wireless phone connections in and around several neighborhoods of the capital city of Damascus. There have been some clashes there between government forces and the rebels.
Reuters is reportingÂ that there has been some heavy fighting along a road leading to Damascus International Airport, southeast of the city. The road has been closed, and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has suspended flights in and out of there for now.
TheÂ AP is now reportingÂ in a Beirut-datelined story (Via The Washington Post) that Akamai has confirmed Renesysâ€™ findings describing a â€ścomplete outage.â€ť
Akamai Tweeted this about an hour ago:
Obviously this will be compared to previous actions by governments inÂ EgyptÂ andÂ LibyaÂ where popular uprisings, some more violent than others, toppled authoritarian regimes. In Egypt in particular, world outrage ticked up significantly and people sought differentÂ alternative methodsÂ to help protesteters in Tarhir Square and elsewhere coordinate their efforts. Eventually the InternetÂ came back onÂ but it was only a small step in the right direction for that country.
Update:Â NowÂ Google has confirmedÂ what Renesys and Akamai are seeing.
Sources and more information:
Troubling reports suggest that Syria, currently in the midst of civil war and ongoing fighting between rebel fighters and the government, has 'disappeared' from the wider Internet. Syria has been cut off from the outside Internet. Credit: CNET CBS Interactive Around 10:26 a.m. UTC, just after midday local time in Syrian capital Damascus, the...
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danwiberg9 wrote December 1, 2012 12:57:08 AM CET
Oh My God! It is just gone!!!!!
A black hole! What if this happens everywhere!
What are we gonna do!
I do not want to disappear!
Those poor people!
Really is this disclosure?
Hey! What happened to "Top Commenter, Works at US Navy? And where did the 9 in DanWiberg"9" come from?
Temps13 wrote November 30, 2012 5:45:03 AM CET
Elnorel wrote November 29, 2012 10:31:47 PM CET
Meh just use Satelite.