Syria offline due to optic cable malfunction

Syria said repairing cable to restore Internet service

An optic cable malfunction in Syria is responsible for the widespread outage of Internet access, the state-run news service said Wednesday.

Syrian officials say they are working to restore service to the Web after Internet connections went down Tuesday night, CNN reported.

The Syrian Arab News Agency said repairs would be done "as soon as possible."

Google said its services in Syria went down about 2:45 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Several other Internet tracking companies said they lost connections in Syria about the same time.

Opposition activists said the loss of the Internet could have ominous implications.

Dan Hubbard, chief technology officer for Umbrella Security Labs, said in a blog post that Syria had a history of Internet outages and that "past incidents were linked to both government-ordered shutdowns and damage to the infrastructure, which included fiber cuts and power outages."

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