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Egypt faces internet blackout

Kathleen Hall

The Egyptian internet has experienced a near blackout following an eruption of protests across the country this week.

According to internet monitoring firm BGPmon, 88% of the country's internet is offline. Mobile phones are also being blocked, according to reports.

The government seems to be taking a shotgun approach by ordering ISPs to stop routing all networks, said BGPmon.

"What's different in this case as compared with other similar cases is that all of the major ISPs seem to be almost completely offline, whereas in other cases, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were typically blocked," it said in a statement.

Earlier this week, there were reports that Twitter had been blocked, in an attempt to prevent protestors from organising gatherings through the micro-blogging site. The internet blackout in Egypt has also taken down the US Embassy site. Facebook has also reported a drop in traffic in the country.

However, the site for the Egyptian stock exchange remains operational.


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