Syria cut off from global Internet as civil war rages

Internet connections between Syria and the outside world were cut off on Tuesday, according to data from Google Inc and other global Internet companies.Google’s Transparency Report pages showed traffic to Google services pages from the country, embroiled in a civil war that has lasted more than two years, suddenly stopping shortly before 3 p.m. EDT (8:00 p.m. British time). Google traffic reports continued to show no activity there about four hours after the drop-off.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/05/08/uk-syria-crisis-internet-idUKBRE94616Q20130508Also see:Syria ‘cut off from the internet’
Internet services have halted across Syria, in what appears to be the second shutdown in six months.Web monitoring companies reported regular traffic on the internet plummeted to zero just before 19:00 GMT on Tuesday (22:00 local time).Syria last experienced a shutdown for three days in November 2012.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22446041Syria Loses Access to the Internet
Syria’s access to the Internet was cut on Tuesday. The most likely culprit, security researchers said, was the Syrian government.Syrian Internet traffic came to a halt just before 3 p.m. Eastern time. Google reported a drop in Internet traffic around that time, as did the Local Coordinating Committees, an antigovernment activist group in Syria.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/syria-loses-access-to-the-internet/Syria ‘disappears’ from the Internet, security firm says [IDG]
Internet traffic to and from Syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, appears to have dried up.At around 18:45 GMT Tuesday, “OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria. On closer inspection it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet,” Umbrella Security Labs said in a blog post Tuesday.
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/050713-syria-39disappears39-from-the-internet-269528.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038158/syria-disappears-from-the-internet-security-firm-says.html

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