Libya Shuts Down Internet

Rensys reports that Libya has completely shut down their Internet as of midnight Saturday local time.

“Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn… and Libya is off the Internet. One Libyan route originated by Telecom Italia directly is still BGP-reachable, but inbound traceroutes appear to die in Palermo. A minority of our peers report some surviving paths through the peering connection between Level3 and Telecom Italia, but traceroutes into those prefixes fail, suggesting that the Libyan cutoff is complete. “

Qaddafi’s Libya is engaging in the strategy that Mubarak’s Egypt used to little effect, clearly hoping for a radically different outcome.

On January 27, as an attempt to interfere with protester communications with each other and with the outside world, Egypt shut down its Internet connections.

However, Telecomix has already provided dial-up access for Libyans.

Libya has been wracked by iits #feb17 protests for several days, with 84 people killed by security forces, according to Human Rights Watch.

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