November 30th, 2012
01:54 PM ET

Syria caused Internet blackout, security firm says

Despite claims to the contrary, the Syrian government is almost certainly responsible for a blackout Thursday that shut down virtually all Internet service in the country, according to a leading Web security firm.

"The Syrian Minister of Information is being reported as saying that the government did not disable the Internet, but instead the outage was caused by a cable being cut," writes Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare. "From our investigation, that appears unlikely to be the case."

Fighting again between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad disrupted much of Damascus on Friday, and there was no Internet service throughout much of Syria for a second straight day. The airport was closed to flights, and fighting killed another 31 people across the country on Friday, according to an opposition group that counts casualties.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Maybe Phillip what this country needs is a regime led by a se xually deviant, blue furry puppet, from Brooklyn, NY. Later. I have to go.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Philip

    Assad allowed your Bushgod to lease Syrian bases to launch America's War on the 9/11 WMD Iraqi peoples from. I didn't hear you complaining about Assad back then. You flip-flopped.
    Ditto Colonel Ghadaffi and Hosni Mubareck. Crooked men who personally made BILLIONS of dollars doing business with Westerners for DECADES...and now all-of-a-sudden their bad men in your eyes, Jeff?
    Whose side were you on when the Israeli gov was arming Saddam w/WMDs, Jeff? AFTER Hussein had already committed major atrocities against his own citizens. (Teicher Affidavit)

    December 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Philip

    *they're badmen, rather. All of a sudden, no less...and after decades of badness.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    You certainly have issues JGR! Ya might wanta see a dr bout them.

    December 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    and NOT PHILIP @ 3:38.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Join the Capitals fun"

    little mister: Hows your girlfriends?

    December 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Join the Capitals fun"

    All of them.

    December 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. s kel

    Whats going on here? I had a internet disruption.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. natas

    Hi phillip ,,,,,,, can u answer a question for me little man ??? how did u retjrn to life after so much silence ? U will fall short once again appearently that bottle u and mary live in must of broke i have a solution for u .......o never mind ur mind is already turned off !!!!!!!!! Good by tihs for brains

    December 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. chrissy

    40,000 Syrian citizens dead seems like a necessary reason to remove Assad!

    December 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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