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We calculated over 18,000 hours of internet shutdowns around the world in 2019 to have cost the global economy $8.05BN. This represents a 235% increase in impact compared to $2.4BN in 2015/16, according to the most recently available analysis.
We also found that there were more internet shutdowns in 2019 than ever before. We included in this report 122 major incidents, ie that were national or region-wide in their impact, that took place during the last 12 months.
During our analysis of every internet shutdown in 2019, some general trends emerged. They most often occur in response to protests or civil unrest, especially surrounding elections, as authoritarian regimes look to restrict the flow of information and maintain their grip on power.
October 22, 2016 8:58 AM PDT
At 7 a.m. local time, folks on the East Coast discovered that sites like Twitter, Spotify, Etsy, Netflix and software code-management service GitHub were knocked for a loop. Hackers had flooded Dyn, one of the biggest internet management companies in the country, with junk traffic -- effectively shutting down services and websites throughout the region.
The outages eased after two hours but returned with a vengeance at midday, affecting areas across the US and parts of Europe.
"The earlier issues have resurfaced & some people may still be having trouble accessing Twitter," the company tweeted. "We're working on it!" Meanwhile, the US Department of Homeland Security said it was "investigating all potential causes."
originally posted by: watchitburn
a reply to: LookingAtMars
I don't think it could happen in the US. The infrastructure is too varied and robust.
Anyway, if was even possible it would have happened in 2016 with the tyrannical authoritarian leftists trying to cling to power.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: schuyler
Twitter is where many of us find conflict news before the msm to post on ats. I beat the msm a few times thanks. To Twitter.