NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says”
An elite hacking unit broke a router
By Jacob Kastrenakes
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.