Syria disappears off the face of the internet

Filed Under: Featured, Law & order

It looks like internet access into and out of Syria has been deliberately shut down.

Just take a look at this traffic graph from Akamai, showing a dramatic and abrupt change at about 18:45 UTC.

Akamai graph

Umbrella Security Labs report that Syria's two TLD servers - ns1.tld.sy and ns2.tld.sy - are unreachable.

Sure enough, if you try to reach Syrian websites right now - you'll probably find it impossible.

Syrian website inaccessible

It's not clear what has caused the problem, but there will no doubt be speculation as to whether the country's rulers chose to unplug themselves from the net for reasons best known to themselves.

It's bad news, of course, for those wanting to see what is happening in the country - and for those inside Syria who wish to communicate with the outside world.

To be flippant for a second, this outage might at least shed some light as to whether the Syrian Electronic Army (who have been causing quite a nuisance by hacking media organisations lately) are *really* based in Syria, or not as some tend to suspect...

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6 Responses to Syria disappears off the face of the internet

  1. Apparently there was a brief outage about the same time for Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and possibly Michigan... hiccup from Syria going poof, or?

  2. Mick A · 535 days ago

    Seems to be fine now. The Internet is really really great!

  3. Computationalerr · 535 days ago

    Well it is up right now. I was very interested, then disappointed.

  4. Joe · 535 days ago

    The connection is being put back up.

  5. Nigel · 535 days ago

    As of 11:10 a.m. EDT (U.S.), BBC News reported that Syrian internet connectivity had been restored after a 19-hour blackout.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22447...

    The article points out that the "official" reason for the blackout given by the Syrian state (failure of an optical cable) is unlikely to have brought down the entire system.

    Speculation that the blackout was political in nature is plentiful, but at this time no one seems to know for certain what actually caused the outage.

  6. rachel · 534 days ago

    I tried and all is well!

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