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Libyan Internet Flatlined

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  • fwiw, I can still browse to bit.ly [bit.ly].

    I've been expecting Twitter to have a major conniption when Gaddafi inevitably shuts down the whole .ly TLD.

    • When I trace to bit.ly it stops in San Jose, CA. They probably have mirrors in several countries and this one happens to be closets for us.
      • Closest, not closets....
      • by flonker (526111)

        It's not the web host, it's the .ly TLD DNS servers that are having issues. If I had a .ly domain, I would probably be increasing my TTL records to whatever I thought I could get away with. I remember it being something like 2 weeks, before people start ignoring your TTL and using a "sane" default.

        http://www.kloth.net/services/dig.php [kloth.net]
        dig: couldn't get address for 'dns1.lttnet.net': failure

        ; > DiG 9.3.2 > @localhost bit.ly A +trace
        ; (2 servers found) ;; global options: printcmd

    • Could there be a way to transfer control of .ly to the Benghazi Provisional Government of Libya [slashdot.org]?

      I, for one, would welcome new overlords of .ly.

  • I've always wondered if using a .ly domain name would come back to bite bit.ly in the arse. I just checked, and it still appears to be up, but if all the .ly servers go down for more than a day, no one will be able to use their service.

  • by ravenspear (756059) on Friday March 04, 2011 @02:10PM (#35381824)

    are belong to me. The people love me. I am not a leader, I have no position. I cannot step down.

    But you have voluntarily given all your base to me. I am divine protector of your base.

    I will never leave. Your base is safe with me.

    Some young people have taken drugs which caused them to make poor decisions about their base.

    The correct decision is to give all your base to me. I will never leave you. The people's councils honor me with their base.

    I am forever.

    • by cayenne8 (626475) on Friday March 04, 2011 @02:34PM (#35382184) Homepage Journal

      are belong to me. The people love me. I am not a leader, I have no position. I cannot step down.

      But you have voluntarily given all your base to me. I am divine protector of your base.

      I will never leave. Your base is safe with me.

      Some young people have taken drugs which caused them to make poor decisions about their base.

      The correct decision is to give all your base to me. I will never leave you. The people's councils honor me with their base.

      I am forever.

      Is it me, or is anyone else having trouble deciding if this is a quote from a Libyan dictator...or Charlie Sheen?

    • In AD 2011, civil war was beginning.

      all your base are belong to me. The people love me. I am not a leader, I have no position. I cannot step down.

      What happen?

      But you have voluntarily given all your base to me. I am divine protector of your base.

      I will never leave. Your base is safe with me.

      Some young people have taken drugs which caused them to make poor decisions about their base.

      What you say?!

      The correct decision is to give all your base to me. I will never leave you. The people's councils hono

    • by EnsilZah (575600)

      Welcome to Gaddafi's Libya
      This is Gaddafi's Libya
      Welcome
      This is Gaddafi's Libya
      Welcome to Gaddafi's Libya
      You can do anything in Gaddafi's Libya
      Anything in all
      The only limit is yourself
      Welcome to Gaddafi's Libya
      Welcome to Gaddafi's Libya
      This is Gaddafi's Libya
      Welcome to Gaddafi's Libya
      This is Gaddafi's Libya, Welcome
      Yes, this is Gaddafi's Libya
      This is Gaddafi's Libya and welcome to you who have come to Gaddafi's Libya
      Anything is possible in Gaddafi's Libya
      You can to anything Gaddafi's Libya
      The infinite is po

    • Some young people have taken drugs which caused them to make poor decisions about their base.

      Did they free base?

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  • by mbone (558574) on Friday March 04, 2011 @02:29PM (#35382096)

    I posted what I know here :

    http://forum.americafree.tv/showthread.php?p=45045 [americafree.tv]

    It looks like the undersea cable is fine and BGP is up, but there is no reachability past the landing site. This indicates that there is probably not physical damage, at least to the landing site and the first hop routers, but a cut somewhere after that. If I had to guess, I would guess that Gaddafi or his minions just told the ISPs to shut it down.

    As the only Libyan landing site I know of is in Tripoli, this may also cut off the liberated areas in Cyrenaica.

    Redundancy in routing is good - an overland link between Benghazi and Alexandria could be very useful right now.

    • It could have been an official request. Sure. It could have also be that there's no electricity feeding that area. Either it was intentional to demoralize the citizens, or damaged from warfare. Perhaps it's just the data center that's running off backup power, but for how long?

    • I posted what I know here

      Except - you don't seem to actually know anything. All you've got is a collection of links pretty much doing nothing but repeating what we already know - internet traffic to Libya is down.

  • 2 of 5 is not a flatline. It's 40%.
  • A few days ago, Comcast stop serving .ly addresses in Chicago for a few hours. Bit.ly told me (via thier Twitter team, who was pretty quick) that it was routing problem with Comcast. I had assumed that some root name servers were down, but at the time, they checked out fine on other ISPs.

    I kind of feel like these things might be related, like tinkering with the .ly nameservers to avoid the three in Libya, but I don't know enough about this to ask the right questions. Plausable?

    As as aside, while troubleshoo

  • Now what will the Libyan army do for the weekend? They have to work out that aggression somehow . . .

  • If you post in a vaguely supportive way about Wikileaks, the law and order jarheads emerge and a robust (but depressing) conversation ensues. Here we have no opposing viewpoint from Qaddafi and his toadies, which removes all the charm from reading /.

  • In other news from Libya protesters where attacked with machine guns and mortars. In know compared to cutting the internet that is minor but just thought I would throw that in. I fear that this one of those cases when I was right and a wished I was wrong. After Egypt I made the comment that I feared that the dictators where learning that they couldn't be just a little evil. Looks like I was right. That and it looks like Regan was right as well. After he had proof that Libya had been behind the terrorist

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