An internet blackout in Syria has been observed and reported by Google and analytics group, Renesys. The blackout is attributed to the worsening civil war in the country that has claimed hundreds of casualties in ongoing conflicts.
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Google’s real time transparency report shows a sharp decline in Internet activity around 6:45 PM GMT or 2:45 EDT. Umbrella Security Labs later corroborated the report. Analytics group Renesys Corporation posted a tweet confirming the blackout shortly afterwards saying,"Renesys confirms loss of Syrian Internet connectivity 18:43 UTC. BGP routes down, inbound traces failing."
No official word has been sent out regarding the cause of the blackout or when connection might be restored. But the cut-off is observed to have come after the Israeli military reportedly conducted air strikes near the Syrian capital and reportedly destroyed a scientific research facility. Internet communications in Syria was also disconnected last year, remaining offline for two days before the Internet came back online.
The Russian and U.S. government are attempting to help broker peace in the civil war-torn country while intelligence officials conduct investigations regarding possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Meanwhile, Google has suggested the Speak2Tweet service as an alternative route for mass communication while the Internet in the country is out. Speak2Tweet allows people who have working landlines and mobile phones to post voice messages as Twitter links.
Source: Umbrella Security Labs
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