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Egypt flipped the Internet Kill Switch – Total Blackout reported

In an attempt to stifle anti-government protests scheduled to take place nation wide tomorrow (January the 28th), reports and sources are confirming that the Egyptian government used the “Internet kill switch” for the first time in the world. as they ordered the ISPs and Mobile Carriers (Including multinationals like Vodafone) to pull the plug on…hmmm..the INTERNET.

Is this the world premiere of The  Internet kill switch ?

Is this the world premiere of The Internet kill switch ?


Arbor Networks statistics showing the cutoff starting at around 2:30 am

Arbor Networks statistics showing the cutoff starting at around 2:30 am

So right now, more than Eighty Million Egyptians are going through probably the first internet blackout in the 21st century. even RIM’s blackberry users reported that they cant access the BIS browser and the BBM service.

A couple years ago and during similar anti-governemtn protests in 2009 and in 2010, the government of Iran blocked and restricted access to social media websites like twitter and facebook.

But this time the Egyptian government decided to take it a bit further because blocking particular websites and services was proven inadequate and/or useless as the 20 Million Egyptians with permanent ADSL internet access quickly overcame this blockage with proxies and TOR networks.

This is simply an unprecedented stupid decision.

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