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Libya May Be Testing Sophisticated Internet Kill Switch

Around 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, Internet activity in Libya suddenly disappeared. Like any despot facing a popular uprising, Gaddafi has kept his finger on his country's Internet kill switch. Connections have since been restored, but unlike in Egypt (where ISPs simply shut down), Libya appears to have a sophisticated system that sends data into an Internet "black hole." Observers on the outside might not even notice that something was wrong.

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