Egyptian Government Shuts Down Internet In Wild Bid To Stem Rebellion.

by Daniel Russ on January 28, 2011

Internet Down

Confirming what a few have reported this evening: in an action unprecedented in Internet history, the Egyptian government appears to have ordered service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. Critical European-Asian fiber-optic routes through Egypt appear to be unaffected for now. But every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy, and government office that relied on the big four Egyptian ISPs for their Internet connectivity is now cut off from the rest of the world. Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and all their customers and partners are, for the moment, off the air.

At 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet’s global routing table. Approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn, leaving no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt’s service providers. Virtually all of Egypt’s Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.


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Shonta Knights February 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Hello, listen, do you have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on facebook but could not discover one.I would really like to become a fan!

Daniel Russ February 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm

we wouldn’t have a myspace age because the entire network is moribund

but feel free to come back and visit

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