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The Internet Is Off In Syria

Real-time traffic reports show internet traffic has virtually disappeared throughout the country.

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Umbrella Security labs, which reported a countrywide internet blackout in Syria in November 2012, also found evidence that Syria has effectively disappeared from the internet today

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.

Arabic Al Aan reporter Jenan Moussan is reporting that activists are telling her internet has been out for hours

Activist from #Aleppo tells me now: " Net was cut off around 2 hours ago." || @akhbar

Jenan Moussa

@jenanmoussa

Activist from #Aleppo tells me now: " Net was cut off around 2 hours ago." || @akhbar

One activist in #Aleppo and one in #Latakia both confirm that mobile connections are cut off as well. || @akhbar

Jenan Moussa

@jenanmoussa

One activist in #Aleppo and one in #Latakia both confirm that mobile connections are cut off as well. || @akhbar

Most recent tweets geotagged from Damascus are from before 2:00 p.m. EDT (Source: Geofeedia)

@Noradamegh @1061soona @futuretvnews أنا مواطنة سورية من قلب العاصمة دمشق وبس ... يا محترمين

hadeel koukash

@ladyhadooly

@Noradamegh @1061soona @futuretvnews أنا مواطنة سورية من قلب العاصمة دمشق وبس ... يا محترمين

Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Soooo Bored !!

Sara Rejouleh♥

@sara_rejouleh

Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Bored Soooo Bored !!

UPDATE (9:30 AM EDT): The Internet is still down in Syria for a second day

edition.cnn.com / Via google.com

The Syrian government said Wednesday it working to repair an optic cable malfunction that they believe caused the widespread outage.

Michael Hayes is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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