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Egypt Goes Dark As Last ISP Pulls Plug

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CWmike writes “Egypt is now off the grid. Four days after the Egyptian government ordered Internet service providers to disconnect from the Internet, the country’s last working Internet company has abruptly vanished from cyberspace. Noor Group, a small service provider that hosted Internet connections for the country’s stock exchange and other businesses, became completely unreachable at around 10:46 p.m. Cairo time (Eastern European Time), according to Earl Zmijewski, general manager with Internet monitoring company Renesys. ‘It looks like they’re completely lights-out now,’ he told IDG News’ Robert McMillan. Thought to handle only about 8 percent of the country’s Internet connections, Noor had served as a critical lifeline to Egypt since the government had ordered service cut early Friday morning. Nobody is sure how Noor was able to keep operating, even as larger ISPs such as Vodafone and Telecom Egypt voluntarily cut their Egyptian networks off from the rest of the world.” To help with this, engineers from Google, Twitter and SayNow have rolled out a “speak-to-tweet” service, which lets people dial in to an international phone number, leave a voice mail, and have the audio file made available online via an automated Twitter update.

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    It would be interesting to see if the government has allowed its own network to go dark as well or if they have found some alternative means to keep it up.

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    As protesters in Egypt continue to march in the streets, the government has apparently ordered the country cut off from the Internet in an effort to prevent information from getting in or out of the country.

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    Protesters had been using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to organize themselves and even with the Internet restrictions, Egyptians had been finding ways to connect with the outside world.

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    Noor had served as a critical lifeline to Egypt since the government had ordered service cut early Friday morning.

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    I think It would be interesting to see if the government has allowed its own network to go dark as well or if they have found some alternative means to keep it up..

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    The Noor group was likely being kept up because it was also serving the government in some function and they did not want to deny themselves access.

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