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Syria Internet Blackout: Outage Illustrated By Akamai, Arbor Charts

11/29/2012 12:51 pm ET | Updated Nov 29, 2012

Internet communications in Syria have been largely taken offline, Internet monitoring services confirm.

Renesys wrote on Thursday morning, "In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet."

The disruption is said to have occurred at 12:26 p.m. local time in Damascus, Syria.

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Reuters reports this is the worst communications disruption in the country since uprisings began a year and a half ago, and it happens ahead of an expected "military showdown" with Assad forces around Damascus.

"Syria is offline," information security specialist Chris Ginsley told WIRED.

It's not the first time Syria has experienced a widespread Internet blackout. In June 2011, Renesys observed the country had been widely disconnected from the Internet.

There have also been Internet problems in Libya amidst conflict there. Widespread outages occurred in Egypt last year ahead of protests.

What does an Internet blackout look like? Akamai shared the following chart on Twitter illustrating Syria's outage.

syria internet down

UPDATE: Here's another chart on the outage. This one from Arbor Networks Security.

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