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 When an IP range becomes unreachable it will be withdrawn from BGP, this informs routers that the IP range is no longer reachable.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

Krugman just came.

DeliciousSteak's picture

Israel bombs Syria... Massive exercises (at least in terms of participation) begin in the Gulf... Foreign minister of Iran visits Jordan&Syria... Syria disappears from the interwebz...

This can only mean the apocalypse has begun!! I need to buy some tea in preparation for the news feeds.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

According to latest on Veterans Today, Israeli artillery is already inside Syria and war is indeed underway

VT says they are offering Assad to stay in power if he agrees to become a Western-Saudi boot-licker like the King of Jordan

« Israeli armor is now inside Syria, not just the occupied zone, but has closed the distance to Damascus and has that city under artillery fire. »

galis's picture

bank guy

open a map . damascus is in artilary range from the israeli border

no need to get in the artilary...

that source , is a joke.

he suggest Israel control Jordan ...

that is really what Israel need , another slice of desert (with no oil)

and 80% muslim palestinian population.

Element's picture

And let's not forget Syria has a major military force between Damascus and Golan, armed with large numbers of these:

Can anyone seriously think the Israelis would dare to try to put SP artillery even 1 km into Syria?

Where the hell do they think Hezbollah got their Kornets from in 2006?



Crash Overide's picture

I have a feeling Assad would last longer than Saddam and Kadifa, Vegas odds yo?

optimator's picture

Israel is defending it's Golan Heights!

machineh's picture

Fuck you, Netanyahu!

Israel is our misfortune ...

Element's picture


That whole article is rediculous, a joke. They are supposed to be knowledgeable former 'vets', but check this pap:

"The reason for a night attack is clear, shielding columns of Israeli mobile artillery from prying eyes.  Aircraft, subject to advanced air defense systems including the Russian built S 300 system Syria acquired in 1996.  Despite announcements to the contrary, the system was delivered and installed but put under control of Russian technicians.  Russian technicians, verified by Israel’s Ynet News, used the S 300 system to shoot down a Turkish F16 jet fighter on July 1, 2012."


(1) It was a Turk F-4 Phantom, not a Turk F-16.

(2) It was shot down by trippleAAA, not by a SAM system (and one which they don't even possess, BTW).

(3) It was shot down on June 22 2012, not on July 1st 2012.

Typical krud from "Veterans Today", and yet another example of why that site's not worth spit for any sort of solid information. I could rip the article apart but why bother. Don't believe a word of it, Gordon Duff is a moron.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Cell phone traffic?  A non-event.  They simply do not want to pay the internet tax.

Ness.'s picture

"I see BITCOINS..."

shovelhead's picture


Da Jooos are stealing the Bitcoins...

(*Put your favorite "Da Jooos" poster name here)

W T F II's picture

They're DONE...!! Mossad is GOOD...they don't mess around

Bastiat's picture

No one questions that Mossad are very effective at their business which is, mainly, murder for Israel.  But I think that is a perverse use of "GOOD."

W T F II's picture

"at what they do"...!! feel better now..??

Bastiat's picture

I'll stick with "effective."

W T F II's picture

accepted and understood

Kinskian's picture

The hotel room murder in Dubai was messy and amateurish, but 9-11 was a masterpiece.

Bastiat's picture

It was about as stealth as a Polonium poisoning -- maybe for the same reason: a message.

Randall Cabot's picture

The bastards murdered President Kennedy...and got away with it too:


The close connections between a relatively small circle of people and those in their immediate spheres of influence is no coincidence. That all of them, in some fashion, were part of the circumstances surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy is also no coincidence. Critics of JFK assassination conspiracy theories contend that a conspiracy so immense would require a vast number of people involved. In fact, the mechanics of initiating the conspiracy described in Final Judgment involved perhaps no more than 20 people. Most of those ultimately involved in the conspiracy were probably not even aware of the activities of the others who were involved.

So then, let us name, for the record, those whom we believe had advance knowledge that John F. Kennedy was going to be killed on November 22, 1963. They are:

Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

Israeli Mossad assassinations chief Yitzhak Shamir

Permindex chief executive officer Louis M. Bloomfield

Mossad officer and Permindex banker Rabbi Tibor Rosenbaum

CIA Counterintelligence chief James J. Angleton

French intelligence officer Georges deLannurien

Crime Syndicate boss Meyer Lansky

The actual shooters in Dealey Plaza. Evidence strongly points toward French mercenary Michael Mertz as one of those gunmen. In any case, as we have seen, at least one assassin was contracted by the Mossad through disloyal elements in French intelligence, although it is probable that there were several assassination teams in place.


Radical Marijuana's picture

"server not found" ...

Busy signal while mass murders happening?

The awesome novelty of warfare in the Internet Age?

Vegetius's picture

Looks like someone pulled the plug, might help in slow communications for the rebels unless the Saudi support team gave them radios as well as extremist teaching. Looks like the so called freedom fighters are not doing to well in Syria anyway and if the Government forces start to use the Russian clearing techniques it will get real ugly

Death solves all problems - no man, no problem

- Stalin

RichardENixon's picture

You know, I bet that Stalin dude was a fun guy to have at your Pancake Social.

shovelhead's picture

"Can I make the pancakes?"


Jumps in tank.

lolmao500's picture

It seems the rebels are attacking full force Damascus... maybe Israel will be there to give them air cover.

monad's picture

darknet bitchez. Shortwave doesn't have much bandwidth but it has range

AlaricBalth's picture

Radio Damascus shortwave frequency:

9.330 Khz / 31 meter band and 12.085 Khz / 25 meter band

The big unzip's picture

Someone call Al Gore, he invented it,he can fix it.

machineh's picture

Internet technology has changed since Al Gore twisted together two wires in his laboratory ... and his monitor LIT UP with the DOS prompt!


monad's picture

In 9 months there will be a whole lot more Syrians

lolmao500's picture

Sporadic sound of mortar rounds heard landing in Damascus suburbs -- BBC
#Damascus: Mouadamiyeh: Fierce clashes btw FSA & regime forces as they try to storm the city w/heavy shelling fr 4th Division HQ #Syria
RT @GinnySacksMole: Part of #Damascus being bombed, stormed by tanks and military units from the 4th Division #Syria

Lulz. Just saw an interview on RT with a FSA commander saying that if Israel attacks again, they will stop fighting Assad and join with him to attack Israel... unintended consequences bitchez!
US to start arming Syrian rebels ‘shortly’

"I do think we’ll be arming the opposition shortly," he told CBS "We’re doing a lot more there on the ground than really is known, but we do have to change the equation."

That'll be fun if the US arms them with high tech weaponry then it's used to shoot down Israeli planes uh?

W T F II's picture

we never f-n' learn...them towel heads want us ALL dead...Long Live da JEWS...!! At least they got the stones to jack them camel lovers...Krav Maga Rules..!!

lolmao500's picture

Meh. It's all about creating chaos, hate and war to make money and gain more power.

The power brokers don't give a fuck if you're christian, jew, muslim or whatever. We're all slaves to them.

By siding with jews and hating on muslims, you're part of their game... focus your attention on the real enemies of humanity... the power brokers.

forwardho's picture

In other words...

The Central Banks.

lakecity55's picture

The private owners of the CBs

(not citizen's band).

The big unzip's picture

They dont like being called towel heads, they prefer "Sheet Heads"

W T F II's picture

won't the Klan have an issue with that moniker..?

Cacete de Ouro's picture

Don't worry, its the in-ernetz ain't it? And that means plureal 'don't it? So if de gud 'ol boys take one in-ernet down, den dere's anudder waitin'? Ain't it papa Buush? Squeal like a pig der, ~, yee-har

W T F II's picture

go long Geiger counters

cougar_w's picture

"EMP" was my second thought.

But it's easier than that. There is maybe one trunk with a VLAN going into Syria. You go to the co-lo in Turkey where the cable exits, tell the pimply kid playing his DS to jump on a console and change a particular default route to "", and go get a cup of coffee and watch CNN until they come on live with news that Syria has gone dark.

RichardENixon's picture

"This is Habib in customer support, have you tried rebooting?"

Wannabee's picture

Nothing happens till Wolf's makeup dries and lights on in the War Room