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. chrissy

    Well IMAGINE that! Im sure no one is surprised by this. That man needs to be taken out, i dont know by whom, but he needs to go!

    November 30, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Awww @ LM, now THAT was funny, ty.

    November 30, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    that's all it took...only one ah-hhh an extension cord setup...damn where's the one cable located in the united states...

    November 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, you arent buyin into that bs are you?

    December 1, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Yea ok not even a good try. Not banasy or dazzle.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Ok im good but i aint that good where my posts would be a min apart. NOT ME @ 2:33

    December 1, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    And not me @ 2:36 ya squonk!

    December 1, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    And not me @ 2:46!

    December 1, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Ty cnn moderators and good nite.

    December 1, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Yea you would know all about that wouldnt ya LM?

    December 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    If Americans could afford a rebellion (or were able to secure financial backing) and actually did rebel rather than just talk about it, for a fact the US federal government would "cause internet blackout" just as the government of Syria has done.
    This coincides with how Americans would behave if the USA were invaded and occupied by a foreign peoples. Many of US would be labeled as "terrorists" for resisting, and shot-down in cold blood for being suspected terrorists.

    December 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    So that makes it alright then? And welcome back @ Philip, if indeed its you.

    December 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    ...of course millions of Americans would side with a newly intalled regime led by a foreign puppet just as we see many Renegade Muslims siding with invading infidels overseas today. Older folks might recall French peoples who sided with invading Nazis and going-along with the newly installed Vichy regime...hunting down fellow Frenchmen labled as "terrorists" as the French resistance did what they did during WWII.
    There are places in the US where one citizen will kill another just to get a wallet or a pair of tennis shoes...or a bag of crack. That Americans would turn-on ea. other if invaded and occupied is obvious.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Lol all is right in the world now, getting back to normal i mean.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    It takes a very small mind to think political leaders are in charge of economies. Very small.
    A smaller mind still that confuses love of Country with love of Government.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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