Syria Traffic Goes "Dark" As Country Disappears From Internet

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While there have been no new military attacks on Syria since Sunday morning, something more peculiar happened in the past few hours, when according to Akamai and various other Internet traffic trackers, Syria has literally gone "dark", or, as Umbrella Security Labs describes it, as if "Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet."

Some more from Umbrella's blog:

At around 18:45 UTC OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria. On closer inspection it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet.


The graph below shows DNS traffic from and to Syria. Although Twitter remains relatively silent, the drop in both inbound and outbound traffic from Syria is clearly visible. The small amount of outbound traffic depicted by the chart indicates our DNS servers trying to reach DNS servers in Syria.




Currently both TLD servers for Syria, and are unreachable.  The remaining two nameservers and are reachable since they are not within Syria.


The Umbrella Security Labs also reported on an Internet blackout in Syria November of 2012, where we shared details of the top 10 most failed domains during the outage. 


Update: 1:28 p.m. PDT


There have been numerous incidents where access to and from the Internet in Syria was shut down. Shutting down Internet access to and from Syria is achieved by withdrawing the BGP routes from Syrian prefixes. The graph below shows the sudden drop in visibility for Syrian network prefixes.





How it happened:


Routing on the Internet relies on the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). BGP distributes routing information and makes sure all routers on the Internet know how to get to a certain IP address. When an IP range becomes unreachable it will be withdrawn from BGP, this informs routers that the IP range is no longer reachable.


For example, one of the name servers for the DNS zone .SY is with IP address


Normally our routers would expect a BGP route for


Currently that route has disappeared and we no longer have a way to reach the Nameservers for .SY that reside in Syria

And in parallel news, we are hearing unconfirmed reports that mobile connections have been cut off as well.

Did Assad simply forget to pay his country's DNS (and cell) bill, or is this a preamble to putting Syria in the "dark" in advance of possible future military escalations? We will provide updates as we see them.

h/t @911buff and @l0gg0l

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Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:09 | 3538766 Rainman
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Just a transformer problem, back up and running in no time.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:11 | 3538776 ghandi
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You forgot the "" and the author: Mossad.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:16 | 3538801 idea_hamster
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Thank goodness no one in the US government ever suggested an internet kill switch here!

Wait ... wut?

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:22 | 3538819 Aguadulce
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Al Gore invented Internet blackouts.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:34 | 3538866 zuuma
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Warcraft is down! 

200,000 syrian teens will be out in the streets.


Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:37 | 3538873 whotookmyalias
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Those people who used to be in charge of erasing someone from Russian history have finally run out of unemployment benefits and got new jobs.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:42 | 3538891 ACP
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It's all part of Obamacare. Government-sponsored internectomy.

Should have read it first.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:25 | 3538996 SilverIsKing
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How will the Syrians ever connect with their Bitcoins?

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:38 | 3539041 Widowmaker
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Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:43 | 3539054 Frozen IcQb
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At least the population won't have to pay for internet sales tax

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:09 | 3539122 This just in
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Someone in Iran tripped on the cord...

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:24 | 3539165 Precious
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The RIAA discovered a 13 year old in Damascus had illegally downloaded 6 Beatles songs.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 21:52 | 3539575 WmMcK
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This thread alone is worth the price of admission -- thanks to all.

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 00:19 | 3539922 Spirit Of Truth
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Tomorrow is Jerusalem Day in Israel:

Today the DJIA closed above 15000 for the first time in history:

It all makes sense now?

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 01:14 | 3540064 Real Estate Geek
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It's also a new moon, which is the perfect part of the lunar phase to start a war when you like fighting at night.  Something's brewing.

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 02:06 | 3540128 Hobbleknee
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Obama doesn't want videos of US agent provocateurs showing up on youtube.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:53 | 3539080 Harbanger
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I don't know how they can shut the internet down only in a specific area.  There are satellite modems that people use in remote locations.  Shouldn't they still work? maybe somebody that knows can explain.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 20:17 | 3539304 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Harbanger said:

I don't know how they can shut the internet down only in a specific area.

It's more of a specific range of IP addresses (and their associated services), as opposed to a geographic area, which has been rendered inaccessible. The article mentions the network, which is the range of IPv4 addresses from to

If BGP routing information is no longer being distributed for that network, traffic between it and the rest of the internet will cease as BGP updates are propagated. The traffic ceases because internet routers no longer know how to reach that network.

The article states that both TLD (top level domain) name servers for Syria are unreachable. These TLD name servers are authoritative for any domain which ends with '.sy' (the country code for Syria). The remaining two name servers ( and are reachable because they are not on the network, but they will only be usable until their cached DNS information expires.

This will affect all domains ending with '.sy', including those hosted outside of Syria on different networks, because without the DNS info, there is no way to translate the domain name to the corresponding IP address. The only way to reach such a site would be by knowing its IP address.

Finally, if BGP information is still being distributed within Syria on, and from, the network, traffic internal to Syria would still be working properly.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 20:42 | 3539389 Harbanger
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Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:29 | 3539015 Sofa King Confused
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Don't worry Syrian people, your internet will be up again shortly.  Right after we b*mb the shit out of you, rape, pillage, steal your countries gold, kill about 25% of your population, poison the rest with DU, and knock out your power grid and supplies of potable water.

sarc\off........I think

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:34 | 3539030 NoDebt
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In Syria right now there is a news article that says "entire world outside our country disappears from internet".  People are posting like mad that it's a prelude to their imminent invasion of the rest of the globe.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:41 | 3539047 fonzannoon
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Everyone is making a big deal out of this. I am going long Syrian utilities in the am.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 23:59 | 3539949 Joe A
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And that is even a moderate estimation. But hey, at least they'll have 'democracy'.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:35 | 3538870 DeadFred
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And cell phone blackouts as well. It helps when your masseuse is trying to call 9-1-1.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:46 | 3538900 Chupacabra-322
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       “In this report, you learn that in March 2011, American diplomat Christopher Stevens was stationed in Benghazi as the American liaison to Libya’s “opposition” rebels — among whom were many al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists – who were fighting to topple the longstanding regime of President Muammar Qaddafi. In short, the Obama administration elected to support individuals and groups that were allied ideologically and tactically with al Qaeda.

Following Qaddafi’s fall from power in the summer of 2011, Ambassador Stevens was tasked with finding and securing the vast caches of powerful armaments which the Libyan dictator had amassed during his long reign. In turn, Stevens helped facilitate the transfer of these arms to the “opposition” rebels in Syria who were trying to topple yet another Arab dictator—Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As in Libya, the rebels in Syria were likewise known to include al Qaeda and other Shariah-supremacist groups. In addition to facilitating arms transfers, Stevens’ duties also included the recruitment of Islamic jihadists from Libya and elsewhere in North Africa who were willing to personally go into combat against the Assad regime in Syria. The U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi served as a headquarters from which all the aforementioned activities could be coordinated with officials and diplomats from such countries as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

As 2012 progressed, violent jihadist activity became increasingly commonplace in Benghazi. At or near the U.S. mission, for instance, there were many acts of terrorism featuring the use of guns, improvised explosive devices, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, and car-bombs, to say nothing of the explicit threats against Americans issued by known terrorists like al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. As a result of such developments, Ambassador Stevens and others at the U.S. mission repeatedly asked the Obama administration for increased security provisions during 2012, but these requests were invariably denied or ignored.

Then, on the night of September 11, 2012, the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked by a large group of heavily armed terrorists who, over the course of seven hours, murdered four Americans and laid waste to the U.S. mission.

Source Article: What Really Happened in Benghazi: Before, During, and After
January 24, 2013 By Discover The Networks – Copyright © 2013 · FRONTPAGEMAG.COM

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Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:27 | 3539003 Henry Hub
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The Iraq war has cost 4477 American lives. The war in Afghanistan has cost 1888 American lives. We are not even counting the wounded. Why is everyone getting so hysterical about four dead in Benghazi? 

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:33 | 3539027 Big Corked Boots
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You're kidding, right?

in case you aren't, here is a test question:

Reagan is to Iran-Contra as Obama is to _______ .

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:36 | 3539035 NoDebt
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Ooo!  Ooo!  Me!  Me!

Is the answer.... choom?

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 20:05 | 3539273 Dealer
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Dude, that was funny.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:14 | 3539106 Chupacabra-322
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@ Big Corked Boots,

"Reagan is to Iran-Contra as Obama is to _______ ."

1. Bengazi

2. Fast & Furious

3. Torture

4. Rendition

5. War Crimes (Drone Strikes)

6. Illegal Wars acts of aggression.

7. Treason


9. MF Global

10. NDAA

 **Bonus Points:

11. Arming funding and training the exact same AL-CIA-duh terrorists the Criminal Federal Government claim to be protecting us from.

12. Economic Terrorism - Bailing out the TBTFB.

**Double Bonus Points:

Leon Panetta said we didn’t have real time information as to what was happening, so we didn’t want to send troops that might get hurt. Generals have said that made no sense. Nothing Obama’s administration says makes any sense. It’s an obvious coverup. Hillary said who cares what happened. That’s nonsensical. We have a government that covers up and pretends no one cares. Benghazi is Watergate on steroids. Watergate was about a 3rd rate burglary, probably to find dirt on Democrats. Benghazi was letting 4 Americans be murdered, while our “commander-in-chief” went to sleep, rested well, not concerned about an attack on our embassy, except for how to blame it all on an obscure film maker, who is still in prison over this. Obama sounded so insulted when Romney suggested Obama was playing politics over Benghazi. Candy Crowley and our news media covered up that Obama would not call it terrorism or 10 days, until it became too obvious. Hillary runs in the polls as our next president. Obama will repay her in 2016, for her loyalty and lying over Benghazi. Hillary had Vincent Foster murdered. She would not think twice about letting 4 Americans be murdered. Obama personally decides who dies each week with drones. We have mass murderers in this administration. Janet is stockpiling weapons for use against Americans. Obama wants to use drones on Americans. The government has declared war on the American people, but keep covering up, and concealing the murders of 4 Americans in Benghazi. Carney’s comments translated might be “we kill people and Americans all the time, and lie about it, what’s the big deal?”



Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:15 | 3539137 Rustysilver
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All of the above

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 02:01 | 3540126 whotookmyalias
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LOL, we can't send troops into a situation where the might get hurt.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:45 | 3539059 Buckaroo Banzai
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Because sovereign US territory was attacked with impunity, and a US Ambassador was killed-- with NO consequences to the perpetrators.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:19 | 3539151 Bastiat
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If the MSM ignores it for a few months, it didn't happen.  Or as Carney says - that's far in the past.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 21:31 | 3539506 hoos bin pharteen
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Not just attacked, but besieged for 7 hours. It's one thing when there is simply no time to respond. Entirely another when they deliberately hang somebody out to dry while watching live via satellite.

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 00:01 | 3539959 Joe A
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That is right. Why aren't people getting hysterical about the hundreds of thousands of the local people who were killed?

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:33 | 3539023 Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island
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 Thanks Obama.  Thanks Hilary.  Thanks Kerry.  Thanks Jones.


  It's not enough that we are creating desolate fiscal wastelands for our future citizens under your leadership, but also your lack of foresight causes the deaths of Americans and repeated munitions sponsoring operations in unstable regions.


  FMITA  I'm gonna go get drunk and play tennis until my hands bleed.

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 00:21 | 3540001 dvfco
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Are you sure it will be tennis that makes them bleed?

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:33 | 3539189 beefman
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Get off this benghazi trip loser and go find those WMD's.

Still can't handle a Black President? Who told you to listen to the lies. Loser

All stressed. out and embarrasing yourselves over Benghazi

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:38 | 3539198 john39
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obama is black?

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 01:58 | 3540122 Ms. Erable
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Not content with keeping the largest colection of village idiots on the internet to themselves, HuffPo sends them out to troll the few sites with well-written articles and savvy, humorous commentary; enter queefman.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:41 | 3539206 Telemakhos
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Wow.  It took a "large group of heavily armed terrorists" (125 to 150 of them, armed with RPGs and machine guns) seven hours to manage to kill just four Americans, and then at least one of them by smoke inhalation rather than direct fire?  Jesus, you'd think no one would have the balls to attack an American embassy (or CIA outpost) ever again after a disastrous failure like that.  When you outnumber your enemy by something like ten to one, and you manage to kill only four of them after seven hours of trying, your time would be more profitably spent doing practically anything else.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:42 | 3539211 Crash Overide
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Benghazi was a warehouse full of weapons and ammo that was arming Syrian rebels/Al Qaeda/CIA *it's all the fucking same* to regime change Assad and plant another puppet like Iraq and Libya etc...


It was not a consult, mission, diplomatic whatever whatever, it was a fucking CIA OP that was compromised, Stevens was an arms trafficker it's that simple. 

It's like saying Eric Holder is not running guns to Mexico. It's getting old.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 19:45 | 3539217 Crash Overide
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Oh yeah I forgot, can you say SETUP!!!!

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 23:59 | 3539954 dvfco
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I think that all you have written is 100% accurate and will be shown to be correct in the next few weeks, plus one hell of lot more ugly stuff.

My hope is an Obama impeachment and conviction - soon.

For 2013, I think we should do a pre-emptive strike and just bomb the shit out of Benghazi and about 50 other radical Islam locales.

Fuck drones, I'd like to take it back a decade or so to cruise missiles.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:45 | 3538899 Harbanger
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This is what we would look like without internet.

THE INTERNET IS DOWN!!! (south park)

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:01 | 3538932 Lore
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That uploader missed his vocation. Sitcom producers pay studio audiences to laugh like morons.

Another reminder of why God invented duct tape.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 18:07 | 3538956 Harbanger
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Lol!. You're right.  It was the only version I could find on youtube.  In looking for this, I was surprised to see how many languages south park is translated into.

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:17 | 3538802 ZerOhead
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Just a warm-up act for:

"Global Traffic Goes "Dark" as Everything Disappears From Internet"
Tue, 05/07/2013 - 17:26 | 3538829 McMolotov
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"I'm not saying it was aliens... but it was aliens."

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