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UPDATE - Syria Traffic Goes "Dark" As Country Disappears From Internet

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."

Continued:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-07/syria-traffic-goes-...

Found this map from 2010 also http://www.telegeography.com/assets/website/images/maps/midd...

Per Umbrella Labs
At 14:12 UTC the OpenDNS operations team saw traffic come back online in Syria, after 19 hours and 27 minutes of total time offline. More updates shortly.

http://labs.umbrella.com/2013/05/07/breaking-news-traffic-fr...



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Have they tried unplugging the modem?

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They need a mesh network

Serval Mesh. Does any one know of other ones?

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Interesting article on the last blackout in November 2012:

Interesting article on the last blackout in November 2012:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/30/syria-in...

Enjoy your reading... till the end of it. That may ring a bell to some of us.

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Connect the dots. Explosion in Damascus two days before :

Connect the dots. Explosion in Damascus two days before :

http://www.dailypaul.com/284479/wow-huge-explosion-in-damasc...

Who believes they aren't MORE innocent people dying, killed by bombs, right now, in Syria?

I don't.

And that hurts to know it.

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November 29, 2012: Syrian Telecommunications. Déjà vu, 2013.

2 minute animation. Syrian Telecommunications is represented by the red dot in the middle of the video. The lines represent routes to the Syrian upstream providers.

"...if you are going to find out the facts of a thing, what's the sense in guessing out what ain't the facts and wasting ammunition? I didn't lose no sleep." - Tom Sawyer, Detective. By Mark Twain.

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Down for three days

It came back Dec. 1st.

http://vimeo.com/54670123

It's clear that Syria can fully disconnect from the Internet, and that no simple accidentally cut cable will do it. ;)

I wonder what happened during the blackout last time.
I fear for the Syrians.

Just open the box and see

Same sentiments, SOMEONE,

Same sentiments, SOMEONE, seems to have that ability, we dont know who though, unless you know something i dont?confirmation?

edit. i see mark twains post

Just Speculation

According to a link in a comment by Cyril above (thanks Cyril), their infrastructure is built around a centralized control (more evidence that centralization is bad. ;) ).

It seems the first time, it was a directed disconnect, but it could be switched off or destroyed and effectively disconnect them.

The monsters move under cover of darkness. :(

Just open the box and see

"mesh network" all the way

"mesh network" all the way

29 November 2012: Syria Internet: 5 Cables. 5 providers.

Syria Pulls Plug on Internet Access. by Ben Weitzenkorn, Staff Writer, Security, TechNewsDailyNovember 29 2012 01:47 PM ET

Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma in December 2003. CREDIT: Agencia Brasil/Creative Commons Brazil

29 November 2012:"Starting at 10:26 UTC [5:26 a.m. Eastern time], Syria's international Internet connectivity shut down," wrote Renesys researchers, who monitor the global health of the Internet, on the firm's blog today (Nov. 29). "All 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet."

That finding was later confirmed by Google and Akamai; it means that any incoming or outgoing Internet traffic in Syria is undeliverable.

The move may indicate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's increasing nervousness about how his administration is perceived by the rest of the world, technology site AllThingsD speculated, or that an especially egregious human-rights violation is on its way and Assad wants to hide it.

[HAM, shortwave & satellite are options.]

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Don't

Worry... nothing to worry about here folks. Let's go talk about how Christie is trying to lose weight. lol

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I hate to think about possible implications. Watch the clock now

I fear for the Syrian people and for the next news will hear about them of what's going on there, if the info blackout is to last.

It better resolve soon for observers to report.

Or it might not be good omen for lives.

:(

Remember it's Syria. Not Luxemburg or Belgium.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Fault in optical cable

Is what is being reported on this facebook page.

https://m.facebook.com/homs.news.network.english?id=17741394...

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

One cable connects Syria

to the rest of the world? LOL.

That is hard to believe.

Also see my response below, I work as a network engineer for an ISP.

Honestly

I have no idea how that works there... just passing along the info.

I hope that's the case.

Ron Paul convert from the Heart of Dixie

That was

apparently the case for Armenia. Did you see my link below to the wsj article? I would find it hard to believe the cause is an accidental shovel strike this time though.

IF there were one physical cable

connecting Syria to the rest of the world this indeed would prevent BGP advertisements to the rest of the world.

I doubt that is the case though.

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See article linked in my (2nd to) last comment in this thread.

See article linked in my (2nd to) last comment in this thread.

Reportedly, even if it's not about just one wire, just one switch is enough when it's all operated by the state.

It's all in the article's 4th paragraph, there.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I think your right

The telnet log you posted earlier has only two explanations. One is that a single wire connecting Syria was cut.

I believe the odds are very low that Syria was connected to the internet by only one wire.

Just open the box and see

maybe someone kicked the plug

on the way back to their desk?

Connections

Syria to Cyprus (Turkey & UK controlled)
Syria to Lebanon to Cyprus
Syria to Lebanon to a lesser line in the Mediterranean.

Seems relatively easy to cut them off.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Good find!

There are two laterals coming into Syria. One from Lebanon and one from Cyprus.

+1

They have removed all the BGP advertisements

from the routers providing the networks to the downstream Syrian ISPs.

Here is a list of Syrian IP networks:

http://www.nirsoft.net/countryip/sy.html

If you telnet to route-server.ip.att.net , login with username rviews and password rviews you can check to see no routes exist to Syria.

At this rviews@route-server.ip.att.net> prompt type...

show route protocol bgp 37.48.128.0

you will get zero routes returned, to validate that output type at the same prompt...

show route protocol bgp 4.2.2.2

and it will display the network and BGP advertisements learned by the ATT router to get to that address.

Or here is the output

Syrian Route...
rviews@route-server.ip.att.net> show route protocol bgp 31.193.64.0

inet.0: 444611 destinations, 7113574 routes (444611 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)

*****************

Route to 4.2.2.2...
rviews@route-server.ip.att.net> show route protocol bgp 4.2.2.2

inet.0: 444611 destinations, 7113594 routes (444611 active, 0 holddown, 0 hidden)
+ = Active Route, - = Last Active, * = Both

4.0.0.0/9 *[BGP/170] 1w5d 18:05:06, localpref 100, from 12.122.83.238
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 2w0d 06:35:58, localpref 100, from 12.122.125.224
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:35:02, localpref 100, from 12.123.1.236
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:31, localpref 100, from 12.123.5.240
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:35:23, localpref 100, from 12.123.9.241
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:56, localpref 100, from 12.123.13.241
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:35:30, localpref 100, from 12.123.17.244
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:12, localpref 100, from 12.123.21.243
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:35:48, localpref 100, from 12.123.25.245
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:35:47, localpref 100, from 12.123.29.249
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:25, localpref 100, from 12.123.33.249
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:15, localpref 100, from 12.123.41.250
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:28, localpref 100, from 12.123.137.124
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:34:29, localpref 100, from 12.123.142.124
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 12:35:41, localpref 100, from 12.123.145.124
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.0.1.1 via fe-0/0/0.0
[BGP/170] 2w0d 06:26:44, localpref 20
AS path: 7018 3356 I, validation-state: unverified
> to 12.255.255.31 via fe-0/0/1.0

See the difference?

Iran's Internet Cables Slashed in 2008

Three Internet Cables Slashed in a Week: Has Iran lost all Internet Connectivity?

CNN reports that: “An undersea cable carrying Internet traffic was cut off the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, officials said Friday, THE THIRD LOSS of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days.

The first two cables “account for as much as three-quarters of the international communications between Europe and the Middle East”, so it is expected that the loss of the third cable will plunge large parts of the Middle East into darkness.

According to Mathaba Net, the latest incident took place “two days after the cable cut which “cut off Iran” and affected the rest of the Middle East and West Asia. Internet Traffic Report web site reports that Iran has lost all Internet connectivity. (http://www.internettrafficreport.com/asia.htm)

http://www.globalresearch.ca/three-internet-cables-slashed-i...

That appears to be

from 2008 and doesn't link to an actual CNN report. I do remember hearing something about it, though.

We've always been at war with Syria

Double-plus good

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Looks like the "shut off"

Looks like the "shut off" switch exists.