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Syria gets cut off from the internet

Updated Cause remains unknown
Wed May 08 2013, 11:19
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INTERNET ACCESS in Syria apparently was cut off on Tuesday, with speculation suggesting that it was shut down by the Syrian government.

Web monitoring companies such as the Ripe NCC and Akamai have revealed that internet services in the country appear to have completely stopped on Tuesday, with data showing that web access blacked out at around 18:45 UTC. Google is showing that none of its services are available in Syria, and it is also being reported that landline and mobile phone services are down in the country.

The Syrian government has blamed the ongoing incident on terrorists, according to reports, but it has been speculated that in fact the Syrian government shut off access to the internet.

This wouldn't be the first time, as Syrian authorities have cut off phone and internet access in the past to disrupt rebel communications when regime forces were conducting major operations.

Security firm Umbrella Security Labs has written a blog post about the outage, and said it's still unclear who is to blame, although it's likely down to the Syrian government.

Umbrella CTO Dan Hubbard said, "Effectively, the shutdown disconnects Syria from internet communication with the rest of the world. It's unclear whether internet communication within Syria is still available. Although we can't yet comment on what caused this outage, past incidents were linked to both government ordered shutdowns and damage to the infrastructure, which included fiber cuts and power outages."

This isn't the first time this has happened. Internet access in Syria was switched off last November for around 48 hours, an outage that still has not been fully explained.

Reports are claiming that the internet is now back up and running in Syria, with the outage being blamed on an "optic cable malfunction." µ


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