The Syrian government has issued a press release tackling the much-discussed Internet outage that has been affecting the entire territory since Tuesday evening. Officials blame the outage on an optic cable malfunction and reassure people that the problem will be solved as soon as possible, the Associated Press reports.
The Syrian population has been unable to use the Internet since Tuesday night, a situation that has been long analyzed and discussed by political analysts in the entire world. The Syrian government told the press on Wednesday that the situation is under control and reassured everyone that the Internet outage is due to a simple malfunction. Experts are currently working to repair the optic cable malfunction that was responsible for the Internet blackout.
Opposition activists have been the first to interpret the Internet disconnection as an ominous sign. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria stated that the activist network would blame regime forces for any violation or massacres against civilians. The Syrian government, on the other hand, denied all the allegations that activists have made against them.
Google’s services were no longer accessible in Syria at around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Dan Hubbard, chief technology officer for Umbrella Security Labs, also noticed in a blog post that “Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet”. He further reminded his readers that the country has been through many similar situations before and the majority of them has been linked to government-ordered shutdowns or damage to the infrastructure, be it fiber cuts or power outages. He concluded by stating that there is no evidence that could explain what might have caused the current Internet blackout.
The hypothesis according to which the blackout was caused by the Syrian government was not the least surprising for the U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford. He declared that Syria is using the Internet as a means of tracking opposition activists to arrest and kill them. The Internet is constantly monitored by the Syrian government, according to Ford; therefore, the U.S. representatives support communications to help the Syrian opposition tell the world what is going on inside their country.