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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12 Comments on “Egypt Pulls Plug on Internet”

  1. Chris Says:

    What the government of Egypt will quickly discover is that the internet is used for lots of critical communications besides organizing demonstrations. Families coordinate schedules, stores order supplies, and government offices respond to inquiries and requests from the public. A week or two without internet will do more damage than the street protests. Look at how many rulers have left their countries — Tunesia’s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, and Egypt’s next-in-line President Gamal Mubarak. Tyrants have a habit of not going down very gracefully.

    • Ronin Says:

      I sincerely hope that the islamic regimes fall faster than obamas promises. Muslims are slaves to unelected tyrants although we elect ours and the methods to control the masses are different I can not think of any people anywhere that benefit from long term rulers. The longer they hold power the worse they tend to be.

      This is the muslim worlds one chance to drop old regimes and old clerics into the hell they created.

  2. CavMom Says:

    My friends in Cairo were sent back to Houston last week. The little protection that they had deteriorated quickly the past few weeks.

  3. tgusa Says:

    I see a lot of similarities between Iran in the 70’s and this, the difference being that back then it was just Iran.

    • Leatherneck Says:

      Agreed. I bet this means more moon god worship bad mouthing Israel, and calling for the destruction of America.

      All those billions from us tax payers to pay for the living now of those who will depart the implosion.

      • tgusa Says:

        If you want a good fictionalized account of the events and emotions unfolding in the 24 days of the 1979 Iranian (Islamic) revolution James Cavell’s Whirlwind is a good book to read. The book does a great job of giving the reader a sense of just how fast it all went down, it truly was a Whirlwind.

  4. tgusa Says:

    I see a lot of similarities between Iran in the 70’s and this, the difference being that back then it was just Iran. It looks to me as if this is an islamist inspired uprising, our pols prolly think that this is democracy getting ready to break out. LOL

    Of course I’m sure The vice pres would say, hold on to your butts people.

  5. tgusa Says:

    I hope everyone is observing the completely different reaction of our guvmint/media complex to the events in Egypt when compared with their reaction to the TEA party. Egyptians are being reminded by the O team that guvmint is supposed to listen to the people they govern. It is good to see that Egyptians are not yet being labeled homicidal Nazis.

  6. Ronin Says:

    Make no mistake, the clerics are behind this but this is the one chance the young have to dethrone them along with their ruling elites.

    Even brainwashed muzzies want to be free. More of the people in the streets want change than want to further jihad. The clerics have lost control.

  7. viviandersen Says:

    It is terrifying that politicians can plug out the internet !

    What can be done to that?

    There must be technical ways to prevent such things to happen ?

    If not – then clever people must create such !

  8. Steve Says:

    I luv all things internet…but dont think for one minute that if something goes down here in CONUS that Berry wouldnt do the same thing. Keep those old-style comm skills handy….HAM radio, CB radio, carrier pigeon, etc…

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