Earlier this morning, the national fiber backbone of Iraq was taken offline in an effort to combat cheating on 6th grade placement exams. It was the fourth such outage in the past five days. 2017 marks the third year Iraq has used government-directed internet blackouts to combat cheating on student exams.
Last week, we reported via Twitter that the Iranian state telecom TIC hijacked address space containing a number of pornographic websites. The relevant BGP announcement was likely intended to stay within the borders of Iran, but had leaked out of the country in a manner reminiscent of Pakistan's block of Youtube via BGP hijack in 2008.
The northern Syrian city of Aleppo is one of the key battlegrounds of that country's on-going civil war as well as the epicenter of the European refugee crisis. The most appropriate United States response to events in Aleppo has become a major foreign policy question among the candidates in this year's U.S. presidential election.
Dyn prides itself on being fast, but how do we measure ourselves? How do we compare to everyone else? With all the vagaries of DNS measurement due to caching effects, congestion, and routing irregularity, is it even possible to devise a useful, believable metric, one that anyone could validate for themselves?
Earlier this week, an article in New York Times captured the world's imagination with the prospect of secret Russian submarines possessing the ability to sabotage undersea communication cables (with perhaps Marko Ramius at the helm, pictured above).
As is our annual tradition, this blog provides a year-end review of how the Internet providers at the top of our IP Transit Intelligence global rankings (formerly, Renesys' Market Intelligence) fared over the previous year.