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The network view of Egypt's disappearance from the Internet

Posted by agaffin , 28 January 2011 · 157 views

Renesys takes a look at the sudden removal of Egyptian entries from global routing tables yesterday.

At 22:34 UTC (00:34am local time), Renesys observed the virtually simultaneous withdrawal of all routes to Egyptian networks in the Internet's global routing table. Approximately 3,500 individual BGP routes were withdrawn, leaving no valid paths by which the rest of the world could continue to exchange Internet traffic with Egypt's service providers. Virtually all of Egypt's Internet addresses are now unreachable, worldwide.

Among the sites that became unreachable: The US embassy in Cairo.

BGP mon has some more analysis, says the shutdown is not 100% complete:

Yesterday there were 2903 Egyptian networks, originated from 52 ISPs. Transit was provided via 45 unique isps. Today at 2am UTC, the numbers look quite different, there were only 327 Egyptian networks left on the Internet.




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