How can an entire country fall off the global internetwork?

In an abrupt moment, the world’s electronic access to the entire country of Egypt has been disabled. This post over at the renesys blog is a good description of what happened.

Check out the graphical representation of routing activity over Egyptian prefixes in the last 24 hours. Scary how an entire country can just drop off the face of the earth.
There are reports that twitter went down early yesterday, then the ISPs came near the end of the day our time…

The blocking may have began on Wednesday, when Twitter became unavailable, but there was some speculation as to whether it was being blocked or just overloaded. Lord knows it overloads here all the time – and add a little political protest and who knows what might happen. Has anyone seen any comment from twitter?

As with all world news, especially hot political situations, the social media networks are exploding, nearly every single site is trending Egypt.

Wikileaks was also promising some pending leaks re: Egypt…

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