New Internet outages in Venezuela indicate regional digital curfew

The NetBlocks internet observatory has identified internet outages affecting Venezuela’s eastern regions of Maturin and Guayana. Measurements show the disruptions began at 5:30PM UTC Sunday, 3 February 2019 and are currently ongoing.

The outage matches the timing and locality of a similar blackouts last Sunday which began at 5:30PM UTC Sunday, 26 January 2019 and lasted 28 hours, indicating a possible internet curfew is being implemented by state-run provider CANTV.

Maturin has been politically active in recent days, holding large rallies demanding a change of government in the midst of a growing political crisis.

NetBlocks diffscans, which map the entire IP address space of a country in real time, provide evidence of the scope and timing of the current disruptions:

The measurements corroborate user reports from Maturin of broken internet connectivity. Users with access to privately-owned internet services remain online.

 


Methodology

NetBlocks diffscans, which map the IP address space of a country in real time, show internet connectivity levels and corresponding outages. Purposeful internet outages generally have a distinct network pattern used by NetBlocks to determine and attribute the root cause of an outage, a process known as attribution which follows detection and classification stages.


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