Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Internet and Phone Access Cut Off For Second Day

Since Tuesday afternoon, Internet activity has completely dropped off in Syrica according to multiple sources. 
Internet monitoring firm Renesys confirmed yesterday afternoon via a tweet about the "loss of Syrian Internet connectivity 18:43 UTC. BGP routes down, inbound traces failing."
Google also certified the inaccessibility of Internet in Syria via a tweet with a link to its Transparency Report showing a complete drop in internet activity as seen from the graphic below.

There's still a blackout as of Wednesday, 5/8 with government media reports blaming a “fault in fiber optic cables,” according to Dubai-based news organization Al-Jazeera.

The excuse of a fiber optic failure doesn't seem to sit quite right as it would require the simultaneous interruption of four separate fiber optic cables that bring bandwidth into Syria. Not only that, but there are several other countries that share the same cable and yet none of them are experiencing any type of failure.

There could be several reasons why the Syrian government would want to shut down the internet (this wouldn't be the first time it has done so), however at this point we can only speculate as to the real reasons behind the internet shutdown.

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