Renesys, the “Internet intelligence authority” reported this morning that Syria’s Internet has been completely shut down. There isn’t any data traffic coming in or out of the country, which is a terribly frightening thought, especially because it’s what helps the world keep, in some ways, an eye on one another. It’s what keeps news, good and bad, flowing. Here’s what Renesys had to say:

Starting at 10:26 UTC (12:26pm in Damascus), Syria’s international Internet connectivity shut down. In the global routing table, all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the Internet.

We are investigating the dynamics of the outage and will post updates as they become available.

Activists in the country have confirmed the outage with The Associated Press via satellite phone. The cause for the outage is not currently known, but the country’s government may have shut it down in an effort to stifle communications among activists trying to topple the current leadership and with the outside world.

[via AP/Seattle Times, Renesys]