Monday, January 31, 2011

Egyptians turn to Internet dial-up services

"Number of the day 30

That's how many old-fashioned dial-up Internet services are being offered to Egyptians to get around the government's shutdown of the Web, according to French Data Network. Internet traffic in Egypt was disrupted Friday after demonstrators took to the streets demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. 'This is definitely an open attack from a state against the Internet,' says the group, which is offering Web access over international phone lines with dial-in numbers and entry codes.
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