Egypt Government Found 'Off' Switch For Internet

02/15/2011 09:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • JAMES GLANZ and JOHN MARKOFF New York Times

Epitaphs for the Mubarak government all note that the mobilizing power of the Internet was one of the Egyptian opposition's most potent weapons. But quickly lost in the swirl of revolution was the government's ferocious counterattack, a dark achievement that many had thought impossible in the age of global connectedness. In a span of minutes just after midnight on Jan. 28, a technologically advanced, densely wired country with more than 20 million people online was essentially severed from the global Internet.

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