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Syria Severed From the Internet
All 84 of Syria's IP Address Blocks Unreachable
by Karl Bode 11:28AM Thursday Nov 29 2012
As the country's bloody civil war continues, Syria has pulled the plug on the Internet completely. According to data from research firm Renesys, Internet connectivity in the country was severed at around 10:26 UTC (5:26 am ET), with all 84 of Syria's IP address blocks becoming unreachable. The cut suggests Syria's Bashar al-Assad could be planning an even bloodier effort than we've seen so far, since such actions have traditionally preceded major offensives. Activists are using satellite phones for communications, and Telecomix insists some outside dial-up lines may be functional, though likely wiretapped.

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More info on Syria at this link

»allthingsd.com/20121129/syria-ha···nternet/

More technically, what happened was that within the global routing table, all 84 blocks of IP addresses assigned to Syria have gone unreachable. That means that Internet traffic destined for that country is going undelivered, and also that traffic coming from within it cannot get out to the world.

People on Twitter are starting to notice. And hashtag #SyriaBlackout is showing up:
»twitter.com/search?q=%23SyriaBlackout

The Associated Press (via the Seattle Times) has a report citing Syrian activists saying that the government has cut off Internet and wireless phone connections in and around several neighborhoods of the capital city of Damascus. There have been some clashes there between government forces and the rebels.

Reuters is reporting that there has been some heavy fighting along a road leading to Damascus International Airport, southeast of the city. The road has been closed, and Dubai-based Emirates Airlines has suspended flights in and out of there for now.




With the cutoff of the Internet, fighting around Damascus has intensified as Syria is preparing to cleanse the capital of rebels.
»www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/···20121129

A Syrian security source told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the army had started a "cleansing operation" in the capital to confront rebel advances.

Elsewhere in Damascus, warplanes bombed Kafr Souseh and Daraya, two neighborhoods that fringe the center of the city where rebels have managed to hide out and ambush army units, according to opposition activists.

"On the outskirts of Damascus, there are mortars and more attacks. The regime is thinking of protecting itself ... with checkpoints in the next few days ... (It) seems the regime is preparing for major battle on Damascus."

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Re: More info on Syria at this link

this is a two fold purpose, they want to make sure the rebels have a harder time communicating. But this also makes it more challenging for news outlets to get their information out. Limiting them to easy to jam satellite links. After all if the current government wants to bomb without discretion and knows they will kill hundreds of civilians you do not want it happening live to the western world on the BBC.
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Re: More info on Syria at this link

said by Kearnstd:

this is a two fold purpose, they want to make sure the rebels have a harder time communicating. But this also makes it more challenging for news outlets to get their information out. Limiting them to easy to jam satellite links. After all if the current government wants to bomb without discretion and knows they will kill hundreds of civilians you do not want it happening live to the western world on the BBC.

Public discontent and government dislike are the best two anti-war tools in existence, and since they will be killing civillains, and rebels, likely without discretion, they do not want that publicized at all to the outside world, since its highly disagreeable to kill civilians and non-involved and would likely get other countries to act to stop the bloodshed and displace an overly aggressive government that is willing to kill its own constituents who they are supposed to represent. When a governement starts killing the people its supposed to represent, you know that the people running the government no longer care about anything except their own power. How long before those in the government backed military start having their own family members killed and start joining the rebels because of indiscriminant bombings?
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Here we go again:

»www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=678229n
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We have to take the internet from the hands of incumbents.

This is only possible because all it takes is a simple phone call to your countries telcos/cable providers.

It's not that hard to shut down the internet when there's only 1-2 providers to choose from in most places in the world.

On a related topic:
I fear this is all for nothing for the people of Syria. Because even if they were to win, they would most likely go on the same path of Iran and Egypt. Where they trade a Dictatorship for a Theocracy, ending up with a worse government than they had.

I think one of the biggest problems there is how Islam is a Government first and a religion second. As long as they / we don't admit that they need to separate church from state, real progress can't be made.

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Re: We have to take the internet from the hands of incumbents.

said by Kamus:

On a related topic:
I fear this is all for nothing for the people of Syria. Because even if they were to win, they would most likely go on the same path of Iran and Egypt. Where they trade a Dictatorship for a Theocracy, ending up with a worse government than they had.

I think one of the biggest problems there is how Islam is a Government first and a religion second. As long as they / we don't admit that they need to separate church from state, real progress can't be made.

I could not agree more. I am thankful that we are not over there sacrificing our soldiers in order to "free" them. At which point they would turn around and put a brutal theocratic government in place. It is up to them to sort it all out. I tend to believe that the more lives a revolution sacrifices, the less willing the people will be to give up their hard fought freedoms once they prevail. If a foreign power comes in and "gives" them their freedom, there is no cost to them to give it all up.
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said by Kamus:

This is only possible because all it takes is a simple phone call to your countries telcos/cable providers.

It's not that hard to shut down the internet when there's only 1-2 providers to choose from in most places in the world.

So, who exactly will run all the backbones? The government...they're the ones that are trying to shut it down. Some non-government organization? They have no authority. The network geeks? They have the same issue as a NGO?

In all conflicts, those that have the guns usually get what they want from those that do not. If the government wants to shut down the internet, it's going to shut down the internet. Its harder to shut it down when you have multiple transnational backbones, but just takes more guys with guns or threats of guns.
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Re: We have to take the internet from the hands of incumbents.

said by cdru:

Its harder to shut it down when you have multiple transnational backbones, but just takes more guys with guns or threats of guns.

All it takes is a few guys with axes and the entire country can be severed from any backbone. even here in the USA, there is a public map of where trans-oceanic pipes come in and leave, and where they cross land borders as well, meaning, all it would take for many countries to cut themselves from the internet is a well coordinated assault on those publicly published backbones/interconnects. Hell, there are about 50 on the US borders, so, cutting the USA off from world access could be as easy as taking about 100 people and having them cut and chop all fiber undersea cables. even if you got 30 of the 50, the other 20 would be so clogged that anything outside the USA would become nearly unreachable.
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Re: We have to take the internet from the hands of incumbents.

said by Chubbysumo:

All it takes is a few guys with axes and the entire country can be severed from any backbone. even here in the USA, there is a public map of where trans-oceanic pipes come in and leave, and where they cross land borders as well, meaning, all it would take for many countries to cut themselves from the internet is a well coordinated assault on those publicly published backbones/interconnects. Hell, there are about 50 on the US borders, so, cutting the USA off from world access could be as easy as taking about 100 people and having them cut and chop all fiber undersea cables. even if you got 30 of the 50, the other 20 would be so clogged that anything outside the USA would become nearly unreachable.

Utter nonsense.

There are enough backups and satellite uplinks that while the performance might be degraded, we would have some connectivity. As for cutting all 50 connections at one time, that would have to involve one big effort with way too many people.
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Sort of like those Christian Values masked in public policy throughout the United States for the betterment of all? We're no less a theocracy. Churches want abortion to end. The ban on gay marriage is a religious argument. Prohibition was a Religious Movement. The saying of a prayer before our elected officials meet. Ten Commandments in Court Systems.

Honestly, religion has ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE in politics. Govern by the law and not off some self contrived book.
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Re: We have to take the internet from the hands of incumbents.

Good thing history teaches otherwise.

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The US government wants the same thing

When the US government asks for this same power, maybe some people will point the finger at this story.

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Re: The US government wants the same thing

They have asked for this power.

»www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-···465.html
quote:
Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill Switch"

A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a "national cyberemergency," and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.

Internet companies should not be alarmed by the legislation, 1first introduced last summer by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a Senate aide said last week. Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"We're not trying to mandate any requirements for the entire Internet, the entire Internet backbone," 2said Brandon Milhorn, Republican staff director and counsel for the committee.

Instead, Milhorn said at a conference in Washington, D.C., the point of the proposal is to assert governmental control only over those "crucial components that form our nation's critical infrastructure."

1]Isn't that what they always say?
2]Give them a little, they'll take a lot or give them an inch, they'll take a mile. Sure they only want control over a few "crucial components".
They'd never abuse that, would they?
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Re: The US government wants the same thing

Funny how the same people who loved this type of invasion of privacy during 2000-2008 suddenly are outraged at the other party's President wanting it.

Just a darn coincidence I guess....

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Re: The US government wants the same thing

I didn't like it when the Patriot act was passed either.
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This is bad

How will they finish their online Christmas shopping?
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84?

their country use only 84 ip ?

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Re: 84?

said by lemonade:

their country use only 84 ip ?

84 blocks of IP addresses.

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They're protecting their national interests. Just like how USA vetoes anything about Israel.

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And the RT commenters show up.

According to them, the last time Syria has an internet crash, Israel did it.

»rt.com/news/syria-nationwide-int···out-908/

Industrial-strength derp going on there.
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I often wondered how many insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan were aided by Syria and Pakistan. Sure Pakistan is/was/sorta our ally, but considering they seemed to be hiding Osama, who knows.

I don't think we need to enter another war, but at the same time, I strongly doubt Syria is all that innocent.
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good for them

They're protecting their national interests. Just like how USA vetoes anything about Israel.
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at least she has a soul.
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Less info always bad

The internets ("a series of tubes") has changed the world. But as people point out it is very vulnerable to thugs. Imagine if you will if google went off line. Or twitter or FB. The US economy would stop. I call on all hackers, Pirate bay types along with Anonymous to help the Syrian rebels out. Or maybe Best Buy geek squad will step up lol
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Re: Less info always bad

said by VerizonCynic:

I call on all hackers, Pirate bay types along with Anonymous to help the Syrian rebels out. Or maybe Best Buy geek squad will step up lol

Errr.... how exactly? By traveling into a war zone and plugging the cables back into the ports? Hackers can't do much with "destination unreachable".

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Re: Less info always bad

anons can do far more damage on the ground than they can online.

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Re: Less info always bad

Most of them have allergies, hence sticking close to their mom's basements.

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Re: Less info always bad

and thanks for playing. glad you let your ignorance flag fly true.
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Some of the last footage before the link was severed

Linked from the twitter thread. Beware this is VERY graphic, showing death and destruction. Watch at your own risk.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=H40EsEVU···youtu.be