Syrian Internet Access Apparently Cut Off

It looks like the Syrian Government has cut off Internet access:

Syria’s Internet has gone down, according to wide reports.

Umbrella Security Labs, a division of Internet security firm OpenDNS, reported that a Syria had a significant drop in traffic at around 6:45 p.m. UTC. The organization posted a graph showing that both top-level domain servers for Syria are “unreachable.”

According to Google’s transparency report, all the search giant’s services are inaccessible as of about 3 p.m. ET. The reports were also supported by Internet monitoring firms Renesys and BGPmon.

This isn’t the first time that the Syrian government has done this and, in the past, the blackout has been lifted after the passage of some period of time. One assumes this will follow a similar pattern.

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  1. I bet they’re wishing they had some net neutrality laws right about now……