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 When an IP range becomes unreachable it will be withdrawn from BGP, this informs routers that the IP range is no longer reachable.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

I am glad that I did not throw away my CB radio gear.

kentmills's picture

Somebody junked Rusty for keeping his CB gear? WTF?

Rustysilver's picture

I was wishing for a couple pluses just for remember that there was such thing as Citizen Band. But, I am not offended, it's probably one of those early tech adapters like me.

Wannabee's picture

CB reminds people of Burt Reynolds and tight jeans, probably why you got the ding. Wasn't me however...

ziggy59's picture

Its probably The Mad Junker...maybe he/she thought CB was Central Banker...

jonjon831983's picture

Communications and news access cut off = ain't good for Syria.

What's left? TV + Radio blockages except for 1 special channel telling citizens the incoming are there to help them take up arms against the current regime?

galis's picture


try to translate it and read about the 1891 bought of major land in syria by

jewish org.

your beloved the Baron  R ,is also mention there

The Abstraction of Justice's picture

The Rothschilds got fat off fraud, larceny and vice, had to launder the money somewhere.

galis's picture

the "Horan" region   ,now in syria , but back then in 1890s , was belong to the french and turkish empire

in turns, was bought by jewish org. and until 1906 , many wineyards and olives were planted there, in over 10 villages.

all the land ownerships papers are at the kkl offices in Jerusalem



astoriajoe's picture

next up the GCE. sigh...

Thisson's picture

UPDATE! Here is an important annoucement:

Widowmaker's picture

And in other news, Tyler is still too fucking cheap to buy an SSL cert...

Wide open, right Tyler?

Why require login/passwords except to snoop?

Spastica Rex's picture

No news of this on the front page of CNN, must be a false report.

Actually, no Syria news on CNN front page, problem must've been resolved.

azzhatter's picture

there are no problems anywhere, the nobel peace prize winner obowel movement is in complete control

ziggy59's picture

Isnt Net'n Yahoo in China?

Two Feet Studs Up's picture

Syria being barred from qualifying for the World Cup due to a swede playing for their team and now the west shuts down their Internet? No porn and no football...I feel sorry for these lads.

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Good read.

Larry Bell: Joan, in our discussions you have pointed out that our Benghazi consulate which was attacked on 9/11 was being “guarded” by a militia with Muslim Brotherhood ties, and that the Al Qaeda-associated assailants may have used weapons provided to Libyan rebel militias with support from the U.S.  Please provide some background.

Joan Neuhaus Schaan: Yes, this is my concern.  To begin, the U.S. supported rebels in the overthrow of  Mu’ammar al-Gadhafi, even though our government was aware that a significant portion of the Libyan rebels were comprised of Muslim Brotherhood and/or al-Qaeda affiliates who subsequently formed a coalition in Libya’s  new transitional government. That support was provided on the basis of a secret presidential order that bypassed congressional approval under the War Powers Act

The Muslim Brotherhood had been outlawed in Egypt prior to the fall of Hosni Mubarak, and in its 80 year history it has been responsible for the founding of many foreign terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East and Africa named on the U.S. State Department list. Much of the Al-Qaeda senior leadership came from these same terror organizations.

The press has reported that U.S. support to the Libyan rebels was provided with the assistance of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and some portion was funneled through the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  I have not seen a report on the exact form U.S. support for the rebels took, but clearly at some point the support would have been translated into funding, intelligence, weapons and/or manpower from the U.S. and/or its partners.

For example, the European press reported that Qatar provided experts to help train fighters at a camp operated by a known member of Al Qaeda and the LIFG, Ismail Sallabi.  A blogger reported that Ismail Sallabi was the founder of the Feb. 17th Brigade, and held meetings with NATO officials in Qatar.  This would be the same Feb. 17th Brigade that provided the U.S. Benghazi consulate security.   Press reports immediately after the September 11th attack indicated that LIFG was in contact with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood just prior to the consulate attack.

The military leader chosen by the post-Gadhafi transitional government was Emir of the Libyan al-Qaeda affiliate Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which was founded upon Muslim Brotherhood ideology.

The Muslim Brotherhood had intimate ties with the February 17th Brigade which was assigned to provide security for our Benghazi consulate. In fact, the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood prime minister candidate, upon winning the election, had planned to have the February 17th Brigade commander become Minister of Defense.

And you believe that rebel organizations that benefitted from U.S. support may have had direct roles in the deadly attack?

Yes, there is a distinct possibility that the weapons, training and/or intelligence used in the assault that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Stevens, were obtained as a result of aid we provided to the Libyan rebels or relationships we had developed with the rebels. The U.S. played an integral role in assisting militant Islamists with taking control of a country rich in resources and in close proximity to Europe. Ultimately, these resources can be used to finance the extremist Islamist agenda. A similar scenario appears to  now be playing out in Syria.

Joan, you also believe that the White House and CIA knew much about our dangerous partners before the attack?

That is clearly the case. As reported in the European press and in Wikileaks cables, Benghazi, and particularly near-by Derna, were well known strongholds for al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, and former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz knew of the rebels’ Islamist tendencies from the onset.  So when President Obama signed the secret order for the CIA to help the Libyan rebels,  senior members of his administration must have known that their leader, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, had a long-time al-Qaeda affiliation, and also that many of the rebel military commanders were LIFG members. According to a New York Times interview, Belhadj had led fighting against U.S. troops in Iraq.

Incidentally, President Obama also signed a secret order to support rebels of a similar background in Syria. Libyans comprise one of the largest contingents of foreign fighters in Syria, and David Sanger has reported that most of the weapons are falling into the hands of the Islamists

And Ambassador Stevens was aware of all of this?

Chances are slim that he wasn’t aware of the circumstances. According to his resume published on the internet, Ambassador Stevens had been active in Libya since at least 2007, serving as Benghazi Deputy Chief of Mission, Interim Ambassador to Libya, Special Representative to the Libyan Transitional Government, and finally as Ambassador.  The ambassador had monitored the status of Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the leader of the group that later killed him, upon his transfer from Guantanamo Bay to Libya, and Stevens  is believed to have personally  visited with Qumu  when he was being held in a Libyan prison. Abu Sufian, a member of LIFG, had joined al-Qaeda in Afghanistan where he was captured. Under pressure to release detainees, the Bush administration returned him to Libya to be imprisoned by Gadhafi, who also considered Al Qaeda a serious threat.

All of this obviously challenges any notion that the White House ever believed its own long-repeated talking points attributing the attack on our consulate to an anti-Muslim YouTube video protest in Cairo that spread to Benghazi.

Continued >

Search: Sam LaHood (USAID) son of Ray LaHood.

Our represenatives on the Hill are fully aware that we fund Al Qeada and the Muslim Brotherhood as controlled opposition right under our noses (most likely with our tax dollars too) in shell Corp's innocently named  (USAID) ahhh, a humanitarian mission huh? I would have never guessed, this American based government funded shell Corp has more innocent blood on their hands than Hitler and Mao could ever dream of.

Moreover: For all intent and purpose, Ambassador Stevens was a CIA arms dealer / distributor broker whatever title fits running a destabilization campaign arming Assads opposition from a CIA safe house, not a Consulate or an Embassy as mentioned in above article, but that's the closest account I can find to date, and certainatly not like the Government controlled boob tube media telepromptor programmed with canned news said, Operating in a legit building located on American soil abroad conducting day to day sundries would make his stay there seem more legitimate to the local Govt. and the locals, but now has become subject to a daily pummeling of rocks and small arms fire all day every day on OUR buildings which are situated on Soveriegn US soil.

They don't like us there too much for some reason? Our legitimate locations there are way too dangerous, always have been but you can't conduct a nefarious destabilization campaign in our legit buildings and under the constant monitoring of US survaillance cameras along with those peskie phones that run a 24 hour recording loop also capable of being listened to in real time from here in the States and God knows how many bugs have been installed.

Our official locations there are totally legitimate for conducting Ambassador work, you know, like Representing our country and all on a foreign land, but you can't be marching in Al Qeada Freedom Fighters, basically hired Mercs for lack of a better term and hand them over American hardware to distribute to their buddies, wouldn't look good in an American building now would it? An offset location is suited much better to perform nefarious guns weapons, ammo and cash trades.

 We couldn't get clearance to investigate the scene of the crime for 6 weeks because Libya was pissed when they found out US assets wereoperating off site in their Country and found to be up to no good in whatever activities were being conducted in a non hardened residential location operating away from what would be considered "soverign US soil" so that's why the FBI, aka, Federal Bureau of Intimidation arrived with very limited access and or clearance was to just tour the scene of the crime but was barred from removing anything from the home or outside property because technically,  it's not our "land" nor our property where the crime scene was situated on. Stayed 1.5 hours, kicked some rocks and was shown an empty RPG tube with 'Merican nominclature stamped on it and were later escorted off the site. Nice foriegn hospitality huh? Thats my 'Merica! Winning hearts and minds at every port of call world wide!

Straight drive back to their International Airport, no TSA issues, we board from the tarmac from the parking lot, no Hotel accomidations were warranted for an hour and one half long investigation and they were heading back stateside just in time for breakfast at the airport Denny's in Bethesda MD with nothing in hand but a curious letter head found nestled between a couple of cinder blocks next to the south wall  stating "Americans are War Pig Fascist". Weird don't ya think? We thought the same thing about your tour guides just today.

Enter the TRUE reason why Rice and Clinton couldn't send a security support team to Stevenson location even if they wanted to, BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T FUCKING BELONG THERE performing official business for America, that's why, because covertly, they were. I feel it was supposed to be a down low covert residential base of operations far away from prying eyes, but tragically went sideways once the locals figured out exactly why they were there selling arms to terrorists that were overthrowing their Country. End of story, smoke em if you got em. American security forces would have consisted of at least 5-6 armed US Marines for the interior and private contractors for the exterior always holding down a post, but it has to be on our "soil". You can't post up 6 armed Marines in a residential home explaining every day to your neighbors that you have a few friends over for lunch won't fly forever.

Mystery solved? Shit gets deeper but I don't have the time tonight.

They were nestled in a quiet non descript off the beaten path neighborhood all on the down low.. or so they thought conducting "other" business with meet up points all around the outskirts of town to avoid drawing too much attention to your ever changing friends with faces simmilar to those pictures hung in the local post office on a day to day basis, and there you have it.

Arab Spring you ask? Yea.. we fund that bloody violence also. Empowering gypsey radicals armed with an assortment of foreign weapons to do our bidding world wide, "we purchace the best enemies money can buy" Never forget the narrative in the Bush doctrine that sets the stage for global caliphate, a borderless, uniformless transnational enemy (that we fund to overthrow soverign nations to roll them into the central banking system, gold confiscation not withstanding) with no allegience to any flag. After we made that pledge after 2001-09-11 to chase these evil doers that hate us for our Freedoms all around the world (as long as soverign wealth was thrown in the mix) to enter soveriegn nations without permission of entry because we now adopted a scortched earth policy named the war on terror. Rich huh? Anything we seem to declare war on goes sideways and becomes an open ended exit strategy.

ie. "We have discovered an Al Qeada cell has been operating in your back yard unbenounced to your gold exotic mineral, and oil rich Nation, were heading right over to launch a protracted eradication of these terrorist enemies in the name of starting a humanitarian mission after we install a fucking no fly zone on your asses. warm up the sub Captain Gary Swallows, set your heading for... well, you know the drill by now.

Welcome to the age of Treason, our new 'Merican flag should be the Jolly fucking Rodger.

More later, just realize were the largest terror sponsoring Nation on the Planet thanks to out out of control Military Industrial Complex. If their the axis of Evil, then were the hub.

And for God's sakes and your own enlightenment, shoot your television and pick up a book if you haven't already.

Bob Dobbs.

monad's picture

Thanks for the blatant pushdown, Agent Smith

vincent's picture


@AnonNewsINT: #OpSyria Dialup access +46850009990 +492317299993 +4953160941030 user:telecomix password:telecomix OR +33172890150 login:toto password:toto
earleflorida's picture

"Security firms say internet out in Syria?'  [Intentional?] 

"Israel rescues Mujahid Obama"  by Pepe Escobar @  5/7/13

Note:    The entire world is now aware that al Qaeda planned well in advance the attack on Benghazi for one reason only... the procurement of Kaddafi's vast weapon's arsenal, which are now, in the Syrian rebel hands... how quaint?!

What a fucking mess this countries 'Foreign Policy' has become... aiding and abetting the same fuckers that caused '911'!!!

TNTARG's picture

aiding and abetting the same fuckers that caused '911'!!!

9/11... Watch this:



earleflorida's picture

never ever get your hands dirty?

always get a bag-holder... brainwash him/her,... drug-em up, cosmetic surgery via face transplants, etc., etc., and make fucking sure their patriotic/ nationalist...

seen all the video's and refutes? just makes me sick.

thanks for posting :-)) TNTARG

Money 4 Nothing's picture

Cute as a Chinese baby ain't it! Oh.. bye the way.. would you like some Mustard gas on your hot dog as you sit back and enjoy watching the bankers and their Rent-a-American Army shielded from war crimes once the NATO tape goes on and the Unit tape comes off hoist Tyranny famine and confiscation of wealth via sanctions and pilaging homes looking for more than 1 AK47, that's a no-no. Subjugation of other Nations all in the name of Liberation from a Foriegn Facist Dictator that enjoys beating and abusing his citizens with free education, Free health care, free housing, $1.23 per gallon gasoline, and yes that's high test Sir! 

Assad seems to act nicer than this sitting Corporate States represenative with a cleverly played forward tital after 1871 still refered to as a "President" for some odd reason?  They use National wealth sharing compliments of soveriegn oil production Gold mining and exotic minerals such as Lithium, kinda remind you of when we liberated Pakistan? Thanks for the memories... Well It should. Now, off to our brand new Military Adventurism! North Africa, it has one of the richest Gold and exotic mineral stratta deposits known on that Continent coincidently? See a pattern emerging here?  Knew you would, just takes about 13 years to sink in to see their real ENDGAME. 

Wealth sharing spread across the board enriching their citizens of those oh so poorley desperate for Freedom Countries that are begging for liberation from the Facist States of 'Merica. Gimme a fucking break. Horrible Dictators abroad acting like animals and sponsoring terrorism. Oh yea.. and did I mention they don't have a central bank or pay taxes? well... not yet anyway. Every Nation we overthrow the first thing that goes up besides our flag is a central bank, then we oust or just assasinate the seated represenative of said Nation then  replace him with our own Zionist with Neo Conalistic tendencies that are morally bankrupted and totally compromised figure heads of state and God forbid you get a crazy idea and try to run against them in an election, you can't win even if you try to buy the seat. 

"I looked in the mirror and I saw the enemy, it was me" 

I would trade 1 Assad or Mohmar Qudaffi for that matter even up for 1 Barrack Hussaine Obama (if that's his name this week?) in a heart beat, try to pull this globalist criminal cabal syndicate banker bullshit in their Country, you won't last a week. They would toss you out on your ear (pun intended) and run you out ta town on a rail, but you would probably enjoy that rail trip now wouldn't cha? sent into exile in some fucked up third world Nation which name ends in "stan". But it would be a quick adjustment for you being your from Kenya and all you will be back to enjoying dog burgers in no time.

-Discusted American, but wide awake none the less.

tip e. canoe's picture

from pepe:  Don't know much about history. But what a wonderful world this would be. Presided by Obama The Mujahid. 


el Gallinazo's picture

While this article explains how they can turn the internet lights off in Syria, it doesn't give a clue about who could do it.  Could I, say, shut down Holland from my livingroom with a MacBook if I were nerdly enough?

A Dollar Short's picture

Wake up people, it's Bush's fault, didn't you know..?



Jackagain's picture

No.....that was WWII.....well, his grandpaps fault anyway...

dvfco's picture

Yes, I'd say a depressing story has produced a far above average quality set of comments.  

Clowns on Acid's picture

How are they going to spend their BitCoin ?

BigInJapan's picture

Internet kill switch, donkeyfuckers!

pine_marten's picture

They are setting a good example for all of us - go dark.  Dump your digital presence and go analog.

diging deep's picture

JUST IN!!!Looks like it was shut down from Damascus


You can't even load the Google Syria homepage,+ the 2 sea bed data cable have gone down at the same time ,as on the graph both go "off" in secs....hmmm mini subs anyone?if the main housing building has been "hit" the sea cables should have stayed up as they are routed to a different building???     at 0.30 the fun starts..just watch as the sea cables and all else goes...





diana_in_spain's picture

can you explain this video a bit ? what is happening?

diana_in_spain's picture

so what's going on ? anyone know? i still cant connect with a syrian website that was up a couple of days ago :

diging deep's picture

hmm might be but a big BUT!!!!   try to get another news source apart from bbc /guardian,there very ""mainstream""/DA-notice anyone....stick with here or this can be very balanced and first with news...