All 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have been unreachable since 5:26 a.m., according to the research firm Renesys, effectively wiping the war-torn nation off the face of the Internet. Web traffic bound for Syria, and traffic from Syria to the rest of the world, is at a halt.
The Associated Press cited reports from Syrian activists and internet company Akamai Technologies confirming the outage.
AllThingsD, which reported on the #SyrianBlackout earlier this morning, surmised that the government may have closed the country to in- and outbound internet traffic in an attempt to control the flow of information in anticipation of coming horrors:
It’s also a pretty sure sign that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is either getting nervous about how it is being perceived in the world, or that it is planning something unspeakably harsh in the coming days and wants as little information emerging from that country as possible.
On Tuesday, Syrian activists posted a web video in which rebels appeared to shoot down a government helicopter with a surface-to-air missile.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported today that fighting between rebels and government loyalists outside of Damascus had shut down the capital city’s airport.
Update: Akamai sent the below image of traffic the company send to Syria: