Iraqi Government Cuts Off Internet Access

July 21, 2016

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On July 15, 2016, it was reported that the Iraqi central government in Baghdad had shut down access to the internet throughout the country in response to mass protests in the capital. The outage was discovered by the internet performance company Dyn, which measures and researches global internet connectivity. Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn, told TechWeekEurope that “There’s a history of outages in Iraq, they seem to do this more and more these days for things as trivial as sixth grade exams.”  He added that “it went down at 3.39 UTC, and then it returned at 7.15 UTC.” According to Madory, the Iraqi government can block access to the country’s fiber network from internet service providers. Baghdad had previously severed internet access in May to keep its sixth grade students from cheating in exams, and had also shut down internet communications in response to the fall of Mosul to ISIS in June 2014.

Source: TechWeekEurope.co.uk, July 15, 2016.