Cairo mania: Egypt cuts off the Net

In an historic move, . In Cairo, the Web has gone as silent as a Sphinx. Protestors who've been using Twitter, Facebook, and email to organize street demonstrations against the 30-year regime of Hosni Mubarak are now up the Nile without a cable modem.

Per :

According to internet monitoring firm Renesys, shortly before 2300 GMT on 27 January virtually all routes to Egyptian networks were simultaneously withdrawn from the Internet's global routing table.

That meant that virtually all of Egypt's Internet addresses were unreachable.

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Mobile providers like Vodafone were also ordered to stop data services to Egyptian customers, cutting off another possible route to the Net.