Egypt Pulls The Plug On The Internet Amid Protests

The Egyptian government has taken the drastic step of disconnecting the whole country from the Internet in order to curb the protests taking place across the country.

According to The Associated Press, at half past twelve on Friday, all Internet in the country went down, plunging the country into a communications black out.

Egypt's move has shocked technology analysts across the world, who had believed that such a scenario was impossible.

Experts believe that the government co-ordinated with the the main four Internet service providers in the country, Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat Misr to pull it at around the same time. Every business, bank, school, house and Internet café that depended on these companies for their connection has been cut off from the rest of the world.

Jim Cowie, the chief technology officer and a co-founder of network security firm Renesys, said in a blog post: “This is a completely different situation from the modest Internet manipulation that took place in Tunisia, where specific routes were blocked, or Iran, where the Internet stayed up in a rate-limited form designed to make Internet connectivity painfully slow.”