Egypt Pulls Plug on Internet
Unsurprisingly enough, the Egyptian government is denying its role in pulling the plug on the internet. However, considering that the recent uprisings in Egypt are coordinated via the internet, it is all way too convenient for Egypt’s internet service to suddenly go down. Therefore, it is more than likely the work of the Egyptian government.
Here in the United States, Obama and his communist buddies are working overtime to control the internet. This incident in Egypt is just a portent of things to come if America continues down the dark path it has taken:
Egypt’s Internet goes dark during political unrest
by Declan McCullagh – CNET
Egypt has gone offline.
In a stunning development unprecedented in the modern history of the Internet, a country of more than 80 million people has found itself almost entirely disconnected from the rest of the world.
The near-disconnection–at least one Internet provider is still online–comes after days of street protests demanding an end to nearly three decades of autocratic rule by President Hosni Mubarak. Those followed this month’s revolution in Tunisia, another country with little political freedom and high levels of corruption, and reports of overnight arrests and clashes with security forces.
Jim Cowie, chief technology officer at Internet-monitoring firm Renesys, said that at approximately 2:34 p.m. PT, his company “observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet’s global routing table.”
“Virtually all of Egypt’s Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide,” Cowie wrote in a blog post this evening.
A major service provider for Egypt, Italy-based Seabone, reported that there was no Internet traffic going into or out of the country after around 2:30 p.m. PT (12:30 a.m. local time), according to an Associated Press dispatch.
Al Jazeera English reported that the Mubarak government “denied disrupting communications networks” in advance of widespread protests planned at more than 30 mosques and churches on Friday, which is a day off in Egypt with banks and many businesses closed. (A spokesman for the Egyptian embassy in Washington, D.C. also denied earlier reports that Facebook and Twitter were selectively blocked.)
While the cause of the disruption remains unknown, it seems clear that yanking Egypt’s Internet addresses was a conscious decision, not the result of a fiber cut or a natural disaster. That means Egypt will be conducting a high-profile experiment in what happens when a country with a $500 billion GDP, one that’s home to the pyramids and the Suez Canal, decides that Internet access should be restricted to a trickle.
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