Syria pulls the plug, Internet traffic comes to a halt

By Rick ¬∑ 24 replies
Nov 29, 2012
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  1. Syria's tether to the digital world appears to have been severed, cutting off Internet access to and from the country entirely. In addition to an apparent Internet blackout, Syrians may also be facing isolated landline and cellular phone service disruptions according...

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  2. Classified1

    Classified1 TS Rookie Posts: 77

    Yea but where is the mbps scale, we can't assume that it reaches zerom don't let the graph fool you,
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    This sort of takes the wind out of the sails of he boast the internet is an instrument of social change, capable of bringing down governments.

    Perhaps it is, but only if it stays plugged in.
  4. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    They are NOT completely shut down...I have visited 2 separate University websites in Syria

    Both websites ARE up and available and tracert to both using dns provides a complete route to both websites ip addresses.

    I would say the university websites are NOT shut down yet.

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  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,891   +1,224

    They didnt' shut down... they just all switched over to Sprint. Sprint's network speed can be accurately represented by a horizontal line along the bottom of a graph. If the graph were in kbps, you'd see some little bumps.
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  6. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    I just ran through ALL 18 listed university sites IN SYRIA....only 5 were reachable via the web AND trace route.

    I have the tracert info saved for all five to show the traces completed and via what routes they were available as well as I have all five website home pages to these universities open in IE10 right now!

  7. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

  8. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    Some of the main universities are down and unreachable via tracert but about half are both state ran and private. For standard web browsing these are the only websites "inside" Syria I've been able to reach via dns. One university isn't viable any longer, it's domain is up for sale so about half ARE open without using Sprint!

    They shut down 90%+ or more but not all are unplugged yet

  9. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    time for a LOL.

    ...before the epic battle for the liberation of syria
    a. from the hands of the terrorists, according to syrian government.
    b. from the hands of a brutal regime, according to the syrian rebels.
  10. olibenu

    olibenu TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Can't they learn from Egypt? When people don't have the internet, they come out!!
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Yeah right, every faction is a spin doctor.

    The collateral goings on in "the new democratic Egypt", lead me to believe that there's a tiger behind all three doors in an Islamist revolution, making me abundantly indifferent to who the ultimate winner may be. Well, as long as it's not Hamas
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  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    in my country, when there is no internet and when there is a power interruption, we multiply.
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    Trouble is, for every grouping there are supporters as well, who provide them with 'covert' help, e.g. weapons + money + training. And to top it off, they also defend those groupings to justify killings in the name of 'freedom' and 'people'.

    Don't worry, 'multiplication' has been happening ever since well who knows ........... technology or rather lack of it have nothing to do with it ;)
  14. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Kinda feel bad for everyone in Syria. I'm sure much like any conflict, it's those who haven't helped ANY side that suffer the most. I truly hope a resolution can be made for their sakes. With the lose of the Internet the Syrian ppl suffer not only the ability to follow where the fighting is, but the ability to contact family easily outside Syria.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    Indeed, and if the ads I've seen on TV begging for relief aid are any indication, lack of food, lack of water, and lack of hope, seem to, paradoxically, promote it in abundance
  16. Those sites are hosted in US , UK , Canada , EU not in Syria.
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  17. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Why do you keep signing your posts "Respectfully"? The internet isn't a place of respect.
  18. I didnt check them all but those sites might not be inside Syria. I only checked 2 of them and they are not hosted inside Syria.

    A website having a .sy domain doesnt mean they are inside syria. :

    inetnum: -
    netname: WHUK-10422
    descr: WebHosting UK Com LTD server
    remarks: Please contact for Abuse complaints.
    country: GB

    You just failed on trying to be smart
  19. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    I figure one of those rules we all follow or at least should...You GET what you a good policy to have when posting online, at least for myself...that's all. :)
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    I'm probably the worst member in the world to get in the middle of this. OTOH, I won't let a silly thing like that stop me.

    A post isn't a letter. Since that's a given, it really doesn't need to adhere to a formal structure. A disrespectful post, will reveal itself in its content.

    From a personal standpoint, I have no intention of excusing myself for disagreeing, or disguising a difference of opinion with platitudes.

    Others of course, are free to do as they see fit.
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  21. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    Well how about this then...I can ASSURE you those universities are inside Syria and if you can post to that universities website or access it's email system or blackboard system or whatever they use for hosting online communications or video CAN speak to people INSIDE Syria or at least maybe get written communications to those actually inside Syria.

    To believe I was trying to be smart or a show off when an entire country is being disconnected from the global internet community...Forcibly...displays a massive amount of disrespect for someone you do NOT know at all and infers you have some kind of personality issues of your own you may need to address before jumping on others who are just trying to help.

    I'm sorry you have to see this as offensive to you but it wasn't done for you or because of you....In my world...YOU...don't and never will...exist, and have no right to accuse me of anything period.

    Please go be a troll someplace else and leave me alone!

    What I posted wasn't to offend or garner attention....I just wanted to show there may be some communications still possible to those there in Syria and maybe somebody that read the posts may still be able to communicate with family or loved ones stuck inside Syria via one of those university's websites.

    Like I said...You GET what you GIVE.
  22. tekman42

    tekman42 TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +8

    I say you can speak to or write to those inside be fair...some of those university sites may be hosted in other nations even though the domain name IS and DOES belong to Syria via government or educational assignments of domains and the hosting if done outside the reach of the government inside Syria would remain you may be able to post to the email system or video conferencing systems for those universities but if there isn't a line open between the site of the host and the Syrian may or may not be able to get word in...depends on how the sites talk to people or students inside Syria...I just meant there may be a line of communications still up between students and faculty of the university who physically reside inside Syria.

    I apologize if offense was taken!

  23. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    Its not a blackout I am Iraqi I live in Damascus there was a technical issue
    international internet was down for 2 days its fixed and back online today
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,036   +2,558

    So, really what you're saying is, "it's not a blackout...(wait for it)......."anymore"....."!
  25. Ahmed90

    Ahmed90 TS Enthusiast Posts: 99   +10

    lol how would I know :p that what people say here anyway its back so yay for me xD

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