Thursday - November 29, 2012 7:00 PM ET USA
Greetings World --
Today, at precisely 10:30 AM ET all Internet traffic into and out of
Syria ceased. Within a half hour of this sudden shut down, the PBX
land-lines were degraded by 90% and Mobile connectivity was degraded by
75%. The nation of Syria has gone dark. And Anonymous knows all to well
what happens in the dark places.
Anonymous has done an exhaustive analysis of the Internet shut-down in
Syria and we have concluded that the Syrian regime has physically
severed the fiber-optic and coaxial cables coming into Syria.
Essentially, they have physically "pulled the plug out of the wall". As
we discovered in Egypt, where the dictator Mubarak did something similar
- this is not damage that can be easily or quickly repaired.
Fortunately, Anonymous has been working with Syrian activists for well
over a year in anticipation of this moment. We produced and disseminated
the Syrian Care Package - http://bit.ly/Wxx0ev
and there are emergency independent media centers already set up in
every city of Syria. Activists and independent journalists in Syria will
be able to utilize these media centers to get news and media out of
Syria, and Anonymous will assist in propagating that media to the world.
Anonymous will keep open the lines of telecommunication with the free
Syrian people. We will be the voice of the voiceless in Syria.
"When your government shuts down the Internet, shut down your
government." ~~ Anonymous Egypt
Anonymous will NOT allow this massive violation of the human rights of
the free Syrian people go un-punished. We feel this is a desperate move
by a dying regime, one that has slaughtered tens of thousands of
innocent civilians. Beginning at 9:00 PM ET USA Anonymous will begin
removing from the Internet all web assets belonging to the Assad regime
that are NOT hosted in Syria. We will begin with the websites and
servers belonging to ALL Syrian Embassies abroad, which we will begin
systematically removing from the Internet tonight. Our first target will
be the website of the Syrian Embassy of in China: syria.org.cn - we
encourage the media to follow the Twitter account @OpSyriaIRC for
announcements on take-downs, defacements, data dumps, E-Mail bombs and
black fax attacks. By turning off the Internet in Syria, the butcher
Assad has shown that the time has come for Anonymous to remove the last
vestiges of his evil government from the Internet. Soon, his people will
remove him from this world. Let the final battle for a free Syria
We Are Anonymous
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget
Bashar Assad, your turn has come - EXPECT US
On behalf of Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO, and the Internet Society Board of Trustees:
Emerging reports from various organizations and individuals indicate
that international Internet connectivity was shut off in Syria today.
The Internet is an open, global medium for communication, idea exchange,
empowerment, and innovation. Access to the global Internet is a crucial
enabler of human rights.
As with previous actions to block Internet traffic in Egypt and Libya,
the effect of cutting off Internet traffic – ceasing the flow of
information in and out of the country – is a serious action. It harms
not only the citizens of Syria, but also Syria's economy and society at
large. The Internet Society stands with other organizations around the
world in calling for Internet access to be restored with all due speed
and cooperation so that vital services can continue to function and
citizens won’t be further impacted.
First and foremost, the Internet Society joins with the rest of the
world in its utmost concern about the safety and security of the Syrian
people. Previous cases where such actions were deliberately taken have
proven not only to be harmful, but to be ineffective. The Internet
Society hopes that the volatile situation in Syria will come to a
peaceful solution and that the citizens of Syria will soon be able to
join the rest of the world in having their voices heard online.
Google has kicked off a campaign against a proposed German law that
would force search engine providers to pay copyright fees every time
they return a news article in their results.
The Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverleger, or 'ancillary copyright for
press publishers', would provide an extension of copyright in Germany to
cover snippets of articles, such as those that show up in search results
so the user can tell what each result is about. It is being proposed by
Angela Merkel's coalition, and follows intense lobbying by publishing
giant Axel Springer and others. On Tuesday, Google launched a petition against the proposals, arguing
that they would make it much harder for web surfers to find what they
are looking for. Google has complained about the Leistungsschutzrecht
before, but is now stepping up its opposition due to the fact that the
bill will be debated this week in the Bundestag.
"Most people have never heard of this proposed legislation," Google
country director Stefan Tweraser said in a statement. "Such a law would
affect every internet user in Germany [and] mean less information for
consumers and higher costs for companies." The petition is accompanied by an interactive map intended to show
people how to contact their local MP to lobby back against the bill.
Poland is to oppose a UN agency proposal to renegotiate an international internet treaty which critics say would threaten freedom of expression on the web.
The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is to meet behind
closed doors in Dubai between 3 and 14 December, where 193 countries are
being asked to agree a new information and communications
International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) treaty, which would
change the way domain names are monitored and IP addresses are assigned.