Syria Traffic Goes "Dark" As Country Disappears From Internet

Tyler Durden's picture

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 When an IP range becomes unreachable it will be withdrawn from BGP, this informs routers that the IP range is no longer reachable.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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sunaJ's picture


Long SDR and SWR

cosmictrainwreck's picture

Giorgio T. ---- "ma maan..." ha

Jekyll_n_Hyde_Island's picture

Great description of Syria by a true, honest visionary:

StychoKiller's picture

That guy looks like the Centauri Ambassador, Londo Molari (Babylon5).

So he should know from aliens! :>D

q99x2's picture

Imagine a world where 3 billion people read books.

Harbanger's picture

If they can cut-off or control the only alternative source of info to the MSM then Book burnings would follow.

Rustysilver's picture

So. you don't remember the 1980"s.

dvfco's picture

No, just like I cannot imagine the US not selling cigarettes.  Yes, they might be bad for us, but they'd be unable to pocket all the taxes.  (Then again they could start and entirely new branch of the DEA and enforce tabacco ban and pocket the new $50b dollar budget).  Internet tax will be a windfall. Some Israeli company will provide the software and data when they are not busy annexing more land and moving people into modern day concentration camps.  

Wait, the Israelis must have people that do each job, because they fuck the locals daily, and they fuck the American public daily.  Hmmm.  I never thought about it like that.

I share NY with them.  I'm just glad I don't share the Middle East with them.

kaiserhoff's picture

Transitory, but then, so is life it's own self.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Comms are taken dowm before a big military operation, but by who? I would imagine the rebels and gov use the net to organise in real time, so who pulled the plug. Has to Assad, does this signal a gov offensive.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Means invasion USA started.......

TLT's picture

Yes, maybe wasn't Assad's fault.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

It is not is Assad's best interest to have an information blackout happen right now. Usually these type of blackouts are precursors to some sort of military invasion.

NoDebt's picture

Do you always look at the data encoded?  Yeah, the decoders work for the machines.  All I see is blonde.... brunette.... red head.....

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Launch the stealth drones, and drop leaflets from overhead telling the Syrian people that they have been pre-approved for a promotional low-interest balance transfer for three generations of productivity.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Speaking of drone plane murders

The popular Pakistani political candidate Imran Khan, former cricket player

Who has been taking the lead in denouncing USA-Obama's drone plane attacks in Pakistan

Has just been injured with skull fractures, an 'accident' they say

Dr. Engali's picture

Yeah he accidentally fell down and hit the back of his head......several times.

Urban Redneck's picture

And if he was a member of the ruling family, which has an absurdly high mortality rate across a statistically significant sample - the odds would be reasonable that a member of his own family was responsible.  So how many of the guys on the lift with him or the edge of that stage were related to him?

Shakespearean TragiComedy has nothing its real life central Asian counterpart

Ignatius's picture

AOL disk drop -- it's free and it's easy!!


YHC-FTSE's picture



Lucky for me I've learned to keep all beverages away from my computer before reading the comments at zh.

smacker's picture

Rotfl. I'm sure they'll be captivated...

Dr. Venkman's picture

Benghazi hearings tomorrow. Wag the Dog? (Who am I kidding. . .it will just be more kabuki theatre)

Crash Overide's picture

Hey McMolotov you into Astrology lol? May 9-10, duck!




smlbizman's picture

assad is being chased after robbing the 7-11 in damascus.....

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Next thing they won't get Disney Channel...that's when you know bad things are near.

arnoldsimage's picture

they said to hell with the internet tax.

DeadFred's picture

They defaulted without even taking money from anyone's accounts? Un possible.

Larry Darrell's picture

I just swipe my EMP??

lolmao500's picture

Power and phones are down too but mainly in Damascus.

Sabibaby's picture

It's not a big deal, the TeeVee will tell us what is going on there's no need for live footage or anything. For all we know Damascus has turned to glass. Just listent to the news...

azzhatter's picture

which obama dick sucking anchor should I watch

howenlink's picture

They could have at least drunk-called a few friends before disappearing from the Internet.

blueRidgeBoy's picture

they need to pull the plug, wait 4 seconds, then plug back in

NoDebt's picture

Is your router connected to your cable modem?  Are there lights on the front of the cable modem?  Are any of them blinking?

Well, shit, I'm outta ideas.

Dr. Engali's picture

And just like that a whole nation is in the dark in a prelude to invasion. I'm sure we will understand the same feeling of dread the people of Syria are feeling now in the not too distant future.

kaiserhoff's picture

If Barry didn't have his Peace Prize, things could get ugly.

YHC-FTSE's picture

+1 I've remarked this already, but the quality of posters these days are exceptional. 

Crash Overide's picture

Excuse me Dr. but DHS doesn't appriciate you're tone.

Ranger4564's picture

Exactly what I suspect. I'm wondering if the troops / bombs have already started falling... you know, the news blackout, no recordings please as we commit more atrocities... those reports just inconvenience us, and we hate the inconvenience. I think the nation should have stood up and fought back a the first instance of hampering reportage. But we the people don't stand for anything. Who gives a fuck.

By the way, the beloved son who always gets cited for part of a quote... Secrecy is repugnant... no one ever listens to the rest of it, where he says... except when I ask for your cooperation in maintaing secrecy.  Same as no one ever listens to the entirety of the other beloved son, who warns of the dangers of the military industrial complex, except when he himself defends the need and maintenance of the very same military industrial comples. Each video / lecture is 15 mins + long, not the 5 mins everyone sees. Listen to these with the same suspicion as you do the Clinton / Bush / Obama speeches... see the sleight of tongue / double speak / intimidation / stroking of the ego?  JFK Secret Societies Complete

ironic since it sounds so much like he's talking about the US when he goes on that long list around 9:00.  at 15:00, he basically says we have to keep valuable information from the people, but we must alert them of the dangers... and taken far enough, it becomes fear mongering, propaganda and thought control. He talks about the merits of free press, but throughout asks the press to silence itself. And so we have people from the press attending the Bilderberg, CFR, etc. I'm amazed reporters haven't been kidnapped to discover the secrets of the world's leaders.  Eisenhower Military Industrial Complex Complete

at 7:00, he reveals that we need the military industrial complex we have, and it's just a necessary evil.  He exclaims we should not let the MIC take power, but he like everyone else, fails to alter any of the structures of the mechanics, which enable the MIC and lobbyists to gain unprecedented power.  He talks about the ownership of the academic institutions to serve the MIC and the thirst for weaponry / arsenals. What a deprivation.  If he meant what he said at 12:45, he would have allowed students to pursue wisdom, instead of military technologies. As Danny Glover would say in Shooter: Whatever, who gives a fuck.

There are probably no good guys running the world, they all have "obligations" to someone and we've been duped for far too fucking long. Time to stand up and count. Times up.

Hobbleknee's picture

On the rare occasions that I lose my connection, I look up at the sky to check for ICBMs.

blueRidgeBoy's picture

maybe they forgot to renew their domain registrations on GoDaddy