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As riots engulfed Sudan Capital Khartoum earlier today in the wake of the government’s lifting of fuel subsidies, we’ve started to see reports emerge that authorities have cut itself off from the Internet.
We confirm #Sudan has cut itself off from global Internet 45min ago (12:47UTC) amid riots in Khartoum pic.twitter.com/dAkhxssCsu
— Renesys Corporation (@renesys) September 25, 2013
Sudan disappeared from the Internet at 12:47 UTC Today (Sept 25). First outages in Sudan started at 10:24 UTC pic.twitter.com/QjKuZWamtF — BGPmon.net (@bgpmon) September 25, 2013
#Sudan #Internet disruption causes @Akamai traffic to the country to drop significantly just after 10:00 AM UTC. pic.twitter.com/9hwZ5Z6ajV
— StateOfTheInternet (@akamai_soti) September 25, 2013
This has been a common tactic in recent times, with governments in Egypt, Libya and Syria accused of severing Internet and telephone connections to try and stifle communications with the outside world. This has happened in June 2011, July 2012, November 2012, and May 2013 with outages lasting up to two days in some instances.
We’ll be monitoring the current predicament in Sudan and update here if the situation changes.
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