The Internet effectively went black in Syria Thursday morning as 92 percent of the country’s servers were disconnected. Is President Bashar al-Assad is planning to do the unthinkable?
Research firm Renesys recorded the massive outage at about 5:30 a.m. (EST), noting that all 77 effected networks reached the Internet through one portal: the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment, a telecommunications company associated with the Syrian government.
No information can get into the country, and, worst of all, no information can get out.
A similar blackout occurred in Egypt in January 2011 as protests against the Mubarak regime heated up. The escalation, many say, prompted the Egyptian government to eliminate Internet- and SMS-based communications, ultimately forcing reporters to deliver updates via land lines.