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Re: Local root zone (Was NYTimes: Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet)
- Subject: Re: Local root zone (Was NYTimes: Egypt Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet)
- From: smb at cs.columbia.edu (Steven Bellovin)
- Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 18:10:17 -0500
- In-reply-to: <[email protected]>
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On Feb 16, 2011, at 4:25 13PM, Fred Baker wrote:
> I don't think that the Egyptian shutdown of domain names had much effect; that's why the bgp prefixes were withdrawn. What was effective was the withdrawal of BGP prefixes.
Per the NYT article, the issue was the Egyptian "Intranet" -- people couldn't contact other sites within Egypt by host name, even though the routes were up, because they couldn't resolve .eg, .com, etc.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb