Syria Deleted Itself From The Internet Today

For 40 minutes this afternoon, Syria didn't exist on the internet — its (currently) ruling government completely unplugged itself. All's fair in war and more war.

Although 40 minutes isn't so long, it had serious effects, explains internet monitoring firm Renesys:

For about 40 minutes today, all networks routed through the Syrian incumbent, Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (AS29256 and AS29386), were withdrawn from the global routing table, effectively cutting off most of Syria from the Internet.

It's unclear why exactly the regime chose to hit the switch exactly when it did and for only 40 minutes.

That could've been aeons for people who are currently waging open rebellion against their tyrannical leader, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The internet was instrumental in Libya's own revolution, and it's easy to imagine a free conduit to the rest of the planet would be just as useful for Syrian's freedom fighters, if only to keep up the steady YouTube stream of massacres. [Renesys via Spencer Ackerman]


Comments

    This is why i love coming here!

    Anyway its probably a sign that its regime is finally coming to an end.

    Just like the final days in Libya where they launched a random rocket in the air and failed?

    they route all there traffic through one service provider?

      @Jimmy - more likely a single international submarine cable

    Surely this looks more like power loss than that "the regime chose to hit the switch"...

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