Syria Traffic Goes "Dark" As Country Disappears From Internet

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posted on May, 7 2013 @ 04:54 PM
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It seems Syria has largely cut itself off (or been cut off from) the Internet.

ZeroHedge

While there have been no new military attacks on Syria since Sunday morning, something more peculiar happened in the past few hours, when according to Akamai and various other Internet traffic trackers, Syria has literally gone "dark", or, as Umbrella Security Labs describes it, as if "Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet."


Could this be a prelude to increase "kinetic action"? Either by the Syrian regime or possibly a coalition of the willing?

Some of the comments on this site are priceless:

Thank goodness no one in the US government ever suggested an internet kill switch here! Wait ... wut?


Warcraft is down! 200,000 syrian teens will be out in the streets.


Launch the stealth drones, and drop leaflets from overhead telling the Syrian people that they have been pre-approved for a promotional low-interest balance transfer for three generations of productivity.
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posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:00 PM
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posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:03 PM
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There are indications that all cellular devices have been cut off too.


And in parallel news, we are hearing unconfirmed reports that mobile connections have been cut off as well.
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posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:06 PM
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Just a question.

Is it also technically possible the other way around?
An outside "force" disconnects Syria against their will?



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:11 PM
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The last time a country/region went "dark" didn't Annon help out?



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:11 PM
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reply to post by EartOccupant
 


We have no idea. All we have at this point is speculation.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:11 PM
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You mean Anonymous? It's possible.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:12 PM
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Actually, yes. And that is one very likely possibility. This blog talks about the technical aspects of what is happening.

Unbrella

How it happened:

Routing on the Internet relies on the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). BGP distributes routing information and makes sure all routers on the Internet know how to get to a certain IP address. When an IP range becomes unreachable it will be withdrawn from BGP, this informs routers that the IP range is no longer reachable.

For example, one of the name servers for the DNS zone .SY is ns1.tld.sy with IP address 82.137.200.85.

Normally our routers would expect a BGP route for 82.137.192.0/18

Currently that route has disappeared and we no longer have a way to reach the Nameservers for .SY that reside in Syria



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:14 PM
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Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by MystikMushroom
 


You mean Anonymous? It's possible.


Yes, them or Israel, or whoever, i just wondered if it technically was possible.

Or does countries have reserve , multiple backbones? Or is it just software ?

edit: Also Tnx AnonymousCitizen, that what I was wondering.
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posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:17 PM
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Anon is on twitter with a phone out Internet link Telephone #.
The usual care package of information too.


Anonymous ‏@Sengcan 4m @Speak2tweet is still up and running if phones are still working. 902123391447 302111982716 390662207294 16504194196. #Syria #OpSyria



Dial Up access #syria: +46850009990 +492317299993 +4953160941030 User:telecomix password:telecomix OR +33172890150 login:toto password:toto



When nations kill free speech, atrocities occur.
M.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 05:31 PM
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Does anyone know if Syria has not been hit by a emp bomb?


Any way to know whats going on there?



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 06:08 PM
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Looks like this isn't the first time.


During the 25 month-long uprising, internet in Syria has been previously shut off in June 2011, July 2012 and most recently November 28, 2012. In November, ABC News reported the internet was restored after nearly 72 hours.


Internet down in Syria...

Syria down on 30 Nov. 2012



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 06:12 PM
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ROFL loving the comments on the ZeroHedge site...



"Reagan is to Iran-Contra as Obama is to _______ ."

1. Bengazi

2. Fast & Furious

3. Torture

4. Rendition

5. War Crimes (Drone Strikes)

6. Illegal Wars acts of aggression.

7. Treason

8. LIBOR

9. MF Global

10. NDAA

**Bonus Points:

11. Arming funding and training the exact same AL-CIA-duh terrorists the Criminal Federal Government claim to be protecting us from.

12. Economic Terrorism - Bailing out the TBTFB.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 06:46 PM
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I wonder when they agree to take a country offline all interested parties are compensated for lost revenues, such as the likes of google and facebook.

Cant imagine Syria being a particularly profitable market sector for virtual profit generation, but still, the numbers will get noticed somewhere.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 09:10 PM
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Originally posted by Tuttle
I wonder when they agree to take a country offline all interested parties are compensated for lost revenues, such as the likes of google and facebook.

Cant imagine Syria being a particularly profitable market sector for virtual profit generation, but still, the numbers will get noticed somewhere.


Buttle, I mean Tuttle, I doubt anyone will compensate any of the big Internet companies. The is likely not a lot of revenue coming out of that area anyway.

The history of the Internet blackouts in Syria have averaged around 72 hours.

My main worry is the now idled online gamers taking to the streets in protest.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 09:23 PM
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No worries fannybaws.



posted on May, 7 2013 @ 09:30 PM
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Originally posted by EartOccupant
Just a question.

Is it also technically possible the other way around?
An outside "force" disconnects Syria against their will?


Thats the vibe I got from the story, its as if its a preemptive move. That would give a great advantage to some one looking to stop word of what was actually happening inside the country from getting out.

Its hard to get away with stuff nowadays because of the connectivity of the internet. Problem solved cut it off.
Plus it makes it easier to manipulate the facts surrounding events when the truth isnt able to come out thru citizens. And we are left to trust what is said from "official" sources. We will have to see how long this last, anything over a few days is highly suspecious in my opinion.
- Just sayin
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posted on May, 8 2013 @ 04:52 AM
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From what i can see the routes in/out of syria are ran by syrian telecommunications and theres 4 pipes going into the country 3 via submarine cable and 1 land so really it wouldn't take much to disable the entire internet in syria by just sending 4 people to unplug a few cables and job done or even just connect to the edge routers and set the links to administratively down



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 05:05 AM
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This isn't good news.

They could be getting the hell bombed out of them as we type, and no one in the world would have a clue.



posted on May, 8 2013 @ 05:10 AM
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Originally posted by pslr2301
Looks like this isn't the first time.


During the 25 month-long uprising, internet in Syria has been previously shut off in June 2011, July 2012 and most recently November 28, 2012. In November, ABC News reported the internet was restored after nearly 72 hours.


Internet down in Syria...

Syria down on 30 Nov. 2012


Did they find the cause previously?
edit on 8-5-2013 by kykweer because: (no reason given)





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