Off Goes the Internet in Syria

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Web access in Syria was not available Thursday as several firms reported that online networks in the country had been taken offline.

Google’s own transparency report showed that all its services remained inaccessible, citing security firm Renesys as a source.

Renesys, meanwhile, reported on the matter via its blog. “In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet,” stated a post by the firm’s James Cowie.

Syria is currently enduring a civil war in which rebels fighters are increasingly opposing the rule of country president Bashar al Assad.

It’s hardly the first time that Syria’s faced internet problems. A similar issue occurred in June of 2011 which saw two-thirds of online networks dropped. Service was later restored.