Egypt Internet is Down as Government Prepares for Protests

By on Jan 28, 2011 in Africa, Current Events, International, Internet, Politics, Technology, World Comments

According to several news sites, Egypt internet is down as majority of Egyptian Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) have been mysterious disconnected from the rest of the world.

Network Security Company Arbor Networks have published a visualization diagram describing that on January 27, 2011, internet traffic to and from Egypt across 80 internet providers around the world dropped drastically starting 10:20PM (GMT).



Image Credit: Arbor Networks

Several network security companies confirmed that major Egyptian ISPs like Link Egypt, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr, LINKdotNET, Raya Telecom, Internet Egypt, Vodafone Egypt and IDSC are unreachable as of posting time. Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro CounterMeasures Blog reported that the only ISP who currently appears to be unaffected is Noor Data Networks (www.noor.net) which is serving the Egyptian Stock Exchange.

The Egyptian internet shutdown coincided with the mass protests happening in Cairo, the Egyptian capital city. As thousands of anti-government protesters are set to march to Cairo today, the internet shutdown is seen by observers as a move to systematically contain the political unrest in the country.

According to other internet reports, the mobile phone services have been severely disrupted also making Egypt virtually isolated from the rest of the world.



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