Egypt appears to have clamped down on web services, such as Twitter, that have been used to help organise anti-government protests in Cairo. Twitter confirmed that its service has been blocked in Egypt on Tuesday from around 1600GMT. Facebook too got blocked.
Unfortunately for the Egyptian government, people have found workarounds to the blockade. One such workaround was using Blackberry for web access, but that too had allegedly been disabled according to LA Times. Although this may have helped slow down access to some of the data, the use of proxies, VPNs and the like can generally be used to get around such restrictions.
BBC is reporting that hacktivist group Anonymous had launched a denial of service attack against the Egyptian interior ministry's web page. The group, infamous for their DDoS attacks against companies they perceived as being anti-Wikileaks, has been providing info on bypassing the various social network blocks. The Egyptian government one-upped the attackers by shutting down the country's internet. This must have been one of the things the US gov had in mind when they introduced legislation that would give the president similar power.
An anonymous source within Egypt has sent an open letter to Reddit, requesting support from the group. They're suggesting a boycott of global corporations such as Vodafone.
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