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Egypt Government Shutdown Internet

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Internet providers have been ordered to shut down all international connections to the internet by the Egyptian government. After watching the youtube video, in which brutal police force shoot a man, Egyptian authorities have blocked internet access and text messaging.

Egypt Government Shutdown Internet

Image source: dailymail.co.uk

The shut down on Friday was estimated as an unprecedented in the history of internet by an American Company, Renesys which has specialty in the analysis of internet data routing. Links Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr are the four Egyptian service providers, which are shutting down for the moment but Noor Group is the only exemption to this block, which provides it’s all 83 live routes to its customers of Egypt.

Without leaving valid paths, about 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn, from which the rest of the world could keep on to exchange Internet traffic with service providers of Egypt. Why Noor Group has been protected to the block is indistinct, but as per unconfirmed reports, it is because the provider is connected to the Egyptian stock market. At present, each bank, business, school, internet cafe, website, embassy and government office in Egypt is disconnecting from the rest of the world due to internet shutdown.

All internet routes have been removed from the global map and all internet addresses of Egypt are out-of-the-way worldwide by the government’s internet shut down. According to the Renesys website, at present, Egypt’s Internet is facing the unsurpassed situation in scale to the humble manipulation that happened in Tunisia. The virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to the Egyptian networks in the internet’s global routine table was observed by the US agency at 12:34 AM local time.

As per the statement of the agency on its website, it concerns about the effects of the large-scale shut down on the credit markets and in the streets. In Egypt, fight of demonstrators is continued with security forces against President Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The mass demonstrations, which toppled the authoritarian leader of Tunisia, galvanized that Egyptians have planned to stage further complaints after weekly prayers.


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