BEIRUT - Global hacking network Anonymous
said it will shut down Syrian government websites around the
world in response to a countrywide Internet blackout believe
aimed at silencing the opposition to President Bashar Assad.
was plunged into communication darkness on Thursday
when Internet connectivity stopped at midday. Land lines and
networks were also seriously disrupted.
The Syrian government
said "terrorists" had attacked Internet
lines but the opposition and human rights groups suspect it to
be the work of the authorities.