How Egypt Sliced Itself Away from the Web

To sever its link with the outside digital world, Egypt “raised the drawbridge” in mere minutes by forcing the country’s providers to make simple changes to their routers, experts said on Friday. …

Routers communicate with each other using BGP to establish pathways for digital traffic. By refusing to tell other networks how to reach their IP addresses, Egyptian Internet service providers (ISPs) effectively cut off all communication with the Web.

How Egypt pulled its Internet plug – Computerworld

Well now. It occurs to me that this move also cuts Egypt off from the rest of the financial world. Money, like information, can no longer flow.



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