NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says

When Syria’s access to the internet was cut for two days back in 2012, it
apparently wasn’t the fault of dissenting “terrorists,” as the Syrian
government claimed: according to Wired, it was the fault of the US
government. In a long profile of Edward Snowden published today, Wired
writes what Snowden says is the truth about the internet outage. An elite
hacking unit in the National Security Agency had reportedly been
attempting to install malware on a central router within Syria — a feat that
would have allowed the agency to access a good amount of the country’s
internet traffic. Instead, it ended up accidentally rendered the router
unusable, causing Syria’s internet connection to go dark.
Surviving the internet shutdown | The Verge Report #90
The NSA reportedly attempted to repair the router and cover its tracks, but
the agency was unable to do so. Until now, however, it appears that no
evidence of the NSA’s tampering actually came out. It’s a pretty dramatic
change in the storyline, as it had been widely assumed that the outage had
been caused by one of the warring parties within Syria, be it the government
itself or rebels. Syria’s internet has gone dark a number of times since then,
so it isn’t unreasonable to continue assuming that there are other parties at
play when outages occur. Snowden’s report describes an embarrassing
blunder for the US though, and it’ll certainly open up the list of culprits that
people will consider should similar incidents occur in the future.
Source Wired

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