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Author Topic: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet  (Read 2331 times)

zridling

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How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« on: February 18, 2011, 08:23:27 AM »
Several articles for weekend reading, each interesting.

egypt-internetGraphicA.jpg

Egypt's Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet
http://www.nytimes.c...1&pagewanted=all

How Did Egypt's Government Halt Internet Access?
http://www.pbs.org/n...11/egypt2_02-16.html

The Exploits of Hackers and How They Have Highlighted the Internet's Insecurities
http://www.pbs.org/w...tline/shows/hackers/

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Governments really don't like people assembling, and they sure don't like them doing it online. Even US President Obama wants an off-switch at hand "in case of cyberattack." http://www.schneier.com/essay-265.html
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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011, 11:32:42 AM »
+1! :Thmbsup:

T'was a time when this mentality was mostly to be found in movies...

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 02:04:54 PM »
It broke my heart that they did this and more, it made me realize how vulnerable
all people who are not "free" are. Free being a concept of the heart and mind, but
perhaps not of a governance.

Me, Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.....

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 07:17:43 PM »
What surprised me is how quickly it went down. Within 5-15 minutes, the country went dark. It didn't take a day or two.

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 07:29:03 PM »
What surprised me is how quickly it went down. Within 5-15 minutes, the country went dark. It didn't take a day or two.

Which kinda implies it wasn't a spur of the moment decision. Or that somewhere along the line technology wasn't deployed with the specific intent of providing such a capability to the Egyptian government.

I personally think this capability already exists in the USA. Obama's request for legislation is just an attempt to make a fait accompli more palatable.

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011, 09:13:50 PM »
Yes, I was really surprised when Internet access stopped here in Egypt, I couldn't believe it was possible for the government to do such a completely idiotic thing. Apparently they thought that would prevent the protesters from contacting each other so they would quit or something (the protests started from a mere facebook group). This and also the cellular services blockage only made the protesters even more stubborn with their demands.

I really can't describe the week when all these communication services were blocked, but it was terrifying how you can't call anyone using a mobile phone or chat with friends to know whether they were okay or not.

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2011, 12:32:05 AM »
That figure gives me CCNA nightmares...or is it dreams?  :P

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 08:17:53 AM »
Libya puts its finger in the dam by shutting off the net at night:
http://thenextweb.co...-night-till-sunrise/

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Re: How the Egyptian Government found an off switch to the Internet
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2011, 09:23:55 AM »
Libya puts its finger in the dam by shutting off the net at night:
http://thenextweb.co...-night-till-sunrise/


Wow! A cyber-curfew.

Must be nice that their Secret Police services will finally be able to start getting some sleep at night.

And just think about all the payroll savings!  :o

Who knows? Maybe they'll be able to get rid of that third shift after all. :P
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