Syria disappears from the internet again

8 May 2013

Google, web monitors show immediate drop-off in traffic

Syria has again disappeared from the internet, with the motivation behind the latest disconnection still unknown.

The troubled country dropped off the internet for three days last year, while Egypt also shut down its own networks in 2011 at the height of protests against the government.

Last night, Google's monitoring showed a sudden drop-off in traffic from Syria, with it continuing to remain disconnected this morning. All Google services are unavailable in the country.

Google chart

Web firm Umbrella - the security research arm of OpenDNS - said it appeared Syria had "largely disappeared from the internet" just before 8pm BST last night, with both top-level domain servers down.

"Effectively, the shutdown disconnects Syria from internet communication with the rest of the world," said Umbrella CTO Dan Hubbard in a blog post. "It’s unclear whether internet communication within Syria is still available."

"Although we can’t yet comment on what caused this outage, past incidents were linked to both government-ordered shutdowns and damage to the infrastructure, which included fibre cuts and power outages," he added.

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