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

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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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