Syria is Offline, Unreachable via the Internet

According to Renesys, all of Syria's 84 IP address blocks are unreachable. The company's traceroutes identified five networks that use Syrian-registered IP space and host Syrian content, but these traces lead Tata Communications and offshore destinations. "[These networks] perhaps [are] not subject to whatever killswitch was thrown today within Syria," Renesys wrote in a blog post.

Akamai confirmed the Renesys report and published a traffic chart that visualizes the sudden traffic drop at 10:26 UTC/GMT.

Arbor networks also documented the shutdown of Syria's Internet with a similar characteristic as the shutdown of the Internet in Egypt in January 2011. Egypt was offline nearly seven days back then.

 

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  • A Bad Day
    There was an article in a magazine that talked about the Syrian government's strategy. Instead of directly silencing the rebels, they would hack into the leading rebels' various accounts ranging from Gmail to Twitter, or trick the leaders by having agents pose as followers.

    They would then either trace the leaders and "disappear" them, or trick the followers into installing spywares onto their computers, and use other sabotages.

    As a result, some of the rebels that were interviewed admitted that they were afraid of using the internet, and attempted to counter-act the espionage, such as contacting western security firms to assist in identifying and stopping the new spywares.

    The Syrian war isn't just a war. It's also a major cyberwar, with each side trying to gain the advantage over the other.
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  • A Bad Day
    someguynamedmattTime to watch the conspiracy theories pour into the comment section...


    Most obvious one: The Syrian government got tired of playing Mr. Hacker and decided to play Mr. Shutdown_Everything
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  • fuzzion
    Gundam288
    WWI: Trench Warfare
    WWII: Nukes
    WWIII: Cyber Warfare


    WWIV: Battlestar Galatica
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  • Onus
    The Syrian Government no doubt would like to slaughter a lot of its citizens (possibly as thoughtless "collateral damage"), and doesn't want word getting out until it's done.
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  • A Bad Day
    There was an article in a magazine that talked about the Syrian government's strategy. Instead of directly silencing the rebels, they would hack into the leading rebels' various accounts ranging from Gmail to Twitter, or trick the leaders by having agents pose as followers.

    They would then either trace the leaders and "disappear" them, or trick the followers into installing spywares onto their computers, and use other sabotages.

    As a result, some of the rebels that were interviewed admitted that they were afraid of using the internet, and attempted to counter-act the espionage, such as contacting western security firms to assist in identifying and stopping the new spywares.

    The Syrian war isn't just a war. It's also a major cyberwar, with each side trying to gain the advantage over the other.
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  • esrever
    I have a bad feeling about this...
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