Egypt shuts off last ISP

nooradsl

Egypt has just shut down their last remaining ISP in the country, preventing anyone there from accessing the Internet. Their last remaining ISP, Noor, has just went offline, taking down their stock exchange.

Late last week, Egypt started shutting down ISPs across the country, preventing the majority of the locals from accessing the Internet. The government began shutting down social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook to prevent people from coordinating their protests, but it appears the entire country is now without Internet.

Noor was the only ISP in the country, powering the countries stock exchange and a number of other popular websites, such as Coca-cola.

Google has since allowed people to tweet using voicemail. The system works by users calling an international phone number (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855), leaving a voicemail, and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Daily Gaming: January 31, 2011

Next Story

Apple adjusts its rules on water damaged iDevices

57 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

But if no internet nothing gonna work, cash machines, credit cards, etc. Kill switch is on. So we got back to good old time when the only news source was people around and news papers. No internet, no phones, this is not gonna stop people. If people think that they are right, there is no boundaries that could stop them. Nothing can stop people if they believe in their action, no matter if you are army or president. You are the same as all other people.

With army not going to hurt people (they released statement) there is no other choice, but to step down for president. I even would suggest him later leaving the country as it might be very unsafe for him.

When US allies (like the coup in Honduras) make this kind of decisions they just do the old don't make a fuzz about it and people will think it's not too bad, when Non allies behave the same they invade and bomb that country and media make a huge noise about that poor country, that needs US help.

Egypt's Govt really does not get the message, it's funny and I support the Egyptian people.

I have a feeling World War may not be a war between countries but it will be a war of Citizens against Governments.

Just think what we would do if we got cut off.....GO PEEPS OF EGYPT...overthrow that sh*t....and if we don't watch it...this should remind everyone...the COUNTRY does not run the PEOPLE....the PEOPLE run the country...*hint*hint*

not that people arnt priority #1, but I'm worried people are going to destory history and ruin artifacts and antiquities... I hope they leave their heritage alone

what in the world do they think they are going to get from this? it's only going to make people more mad at the government.... the old saying control information, control the world doesn't seem to work now days with so many ways to communicate

that wont stop to leak the videos to the internet. For now. When the kill-switch be installed on every device on the planet, then we will see the true power of the government on any country on earth.

Go Egyptians! You can change your future! I may be American but very proud of them! They have the guts to make a stand! No I don't know any Egyptian and I am not.

I just hate when other Americans say the the Egyptians here in America or any other part of the world, other than Egypt standing up for their people write they should fly to Egypt to support them if it is so important. How stupid can someone be ? Please. Maybe they were born in America, maybe they had a better job here, their wife lives here, etc. You don't have to be in the same place to support your people. Does it mean we all should go to Iraq to support our troops ?

At least this'll get those relying on internet as an obsession to get out into the streets and breath some fresh air and look what's really around them.

Morisato said,
and look what's really around them.

An angry mob and...

(gets trampled to death)

Yeah, it's lovely outside...

Wow...not smart. So they're having economic issues worse than the US / Europe, and they take down their stock exchange and remove all internet access? Brilliant; it's sure to help business and will obviously only help improve political stability >.<

Good job Google, Twitter, and all other companies/people supporting the civilians in Egypt right now. This is the beginning of something big I think, and this is where we make our stand. I think we all need to take note from the Egyptians and fight for our freedom/rights.

Interesting...next thing they will do is shut off their phones...then electricity. With no internet...Egypt has reverted back to 1975.

texasghost said,
Interesting...next thing they will do is shut off their phones...then electricity. With no internet...Egypt has reverted back to 1975.

AFAIK, phones are already gone

eilegz said,
this thing will set an example of what will happen to goverments like cuba and venezuela in a future...

A don't see Cuba giving its leader the "Internet kill switch".
Unlike USA.

carson2255 said,
This has to be a nightmare for any country economically... they are going to pay for this later....
They have Oil.. In the end their economy will always be able to keep the government fluid.

Interesting, now if I want to do business with Egypt, I have no access to them. This will work wonders for their already failed economy.

I'm guessing a "Great Firewall of Egypt" is coming.

This is the kind of reason that I am wary of online services that keep my data and all this talk of down with physical copies of media. When bad things happen its nice to know I can get the data elsewhere in physical form if i try.

Einlander said,
This is the kind of reason that I am wary of online services that keep my data and all this talk of down with physical copies of media. When bad things happen its nice to know I can get the data elsewhere in physical form if i try.

When your country is in chaos, your personal data should be the least of your worries.

Well, it looks like a bunch of people will be made unemployed when the ISP's go bust .... stupid stupid Egypt Gov ...

It amazes me that these governments don't understand this stuff and how it will affect their economy etc. Plus, how it will look to the free world. And you know how grumpy the free world gets when govs dictate stuff ....

thealexweb said,
Time for every world leader to phone this egyptian president and tell him he's finished and has to go.
As you know Israel doesnt get on with most arab countries, an exception being Egypt. Mubarak has made peace between Israel and Egypt and if he leads that peace treaty could go out the window and possibly lead to another war in which NATO would take place in therefore affecting you probably

zikalify said,
As you know Israel doesnt get on with most arab countries, an exception being Egypt. Mubarak has made peace between Israel and Egypt and if he leads that peace treaty could go out the window and possibly lead to another war in which NATO would take place in therefore affecting you probably
The Egyptian military will not attack Israel, regardless of who is in charge. It would be suicide. Add to that Syria and Jordan also wouldn't do it again and it would be a very small, short war.. ( Last record was 6 days.. I'd say 3 if they tried again )..

Plus rhetoric aside, the Majority of Egypt doesn't want a war.. They don't like that they recognized Israel, but they don't want another conflict.

willdev said,
Unless they have cut the telephone lines, dial up still works if you dial out to an international isp
That's true, but not many people have access to an international line, and those that do can't afford to because it's so ridiculously expensive.

Edrick Smith said,
Eh, it'll all just pass by in a few weeks. Seems to be the general status quo, nothing big or major actually changes these days.

See Tunisia.

Pheee said,
So you can tweet from voicemail, but what about people reading them?

I was just thinking that. How would you read the posts? Maybe they are spoken back to you through an option in the service.

Pheee said,
So you can tweet from voicemail, but what about people reading them?

With the Egyptian government closing down news agencies arresting journalists, seizing cameras and equipment it's important that the word gets out about what's happening there.

Pheee said,
So you can tweet from voicemail, but what about people reading them?
I'm thinking it's more to get news of what's actually going on to those outside Egypt. Not so much the other way around. (That's a significantly more difficult problem to tackle without an internet connection.)

Swerz said,

I was just thinking that. How would you read the posts? Maybe they are spoken back to you through an option in the service.

They can be heard but also it looks like they are getting transcribed too.

Yeah, cause that is what they need to do now, make them even more angrier.

I hope this all turns out for the best for Egypt and its citizens and that there won't be a lot of bloodshed : (

They committing political suicide... "Please overthrow us". Good way to get people off their computers and onto the streets. Not a good way to resolve the issues and keep stability.

Simon- said,
They committing political suicide... "Please overthrow us". Good way to get people off their computers and onto the streets. Not a good way to resolve the issues and keep stability.

Simon- said,
They committing political suicide... "Please overthrow us". Good way to get people off their computers and onto the streets. Not a good way to resolve the issues and keep stability.

Yes, and now after the journalist arrests, they've really lost grip of this situation.

They aren't just alienating their own people, but those of news organizations outside of their country too.

Simon- said,
"Please overthrow us".

exactly. and these ****head Egyptians will probably riot and destroy all the museams too..

Brent1700 said,

exactly. and these ****head Egyptians will probably riot and destroy all the museams too..

Where did that come from?
1. The above comments were saying that Egypt's Goverment is not being smart, and your comment makes no sense in this context.
2. Why would you insult Egyptians? They are rioting to get freedom of speech and other rights that they don't have, and to possibly overthrow their government.
3. Don't post troll comments.