How Egypt shut down the Internet

The Washington Posts describes the Egyptian Government Internet Kill Switch.

In a post on the Renesys site from around 7 p.m. Thursday night, the company observed that nearly all of the routes to Egypt were simultaneously withdrawn, starting at about 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Thursday night and 12:34 a.m. in Egypt. “Approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn,” the company wrote, “leaving no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt’s service providers.”


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