Kazakhstan authorities completely turned off the Internet in the country

All over Kazakhstan, the authorities have turned off the Internet, according to the data of the organization NetBlocks, which monitors the operation of the Network.

At the beginning, the quality of WhatsApp and Telegram messengers deteriorated in Almaty and a number of other large cities. Failures were also recorded in the work of the mobile Internet, and mobile communications periodically disappear. This was reported by the local online media Vlast.

Messengers have been blocked amid protests that have embraced Kazakhstan since January 2 and have grown significantly by Tuesday. In many cities, including Almaty and the capital, mobile Internet is disconnected and connection is periodically lost. The competent authorities of the republic are taking measures to suspend the operation of networks and the provision of communication services.

According to paragraph 1-2 of Article 41-1 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Communications”, the competent authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan are now taking measures to suspend the operation of networks and provide communication services in the interests of ensuring public safety.said the Kazakh operator Kcell.

However, soon the Internet stopped working throughout Kazakhstan, according to the NetBlocks organization that analyzes the work of the global web.

Confirmed: Kazakhstan is now at the epicentre of a nationwide Internet shutdown after a day of interruptions in the work of the mobile Internet and partial restrictions.the monitoring resource's Twitter page says.

The NetBlocks group said the power outage “is likely to restrict the public’s ability to express political grievances and communicate freely” and “severely limit coverage of escalating anti-government protests,” which are still a rare event in a tightly controlled country like Kazakhstan.

Let me remind you that we also reported that Chinese experts talked about cyberattacks on Kazakhstan companies and organizations.

Robert Hart
Robert Hart

The government resigned on Wednesday following the riots, and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in the capital Nur-Sultan, the former capital of Almaty and the oil-rich province of Mangistau.

However, these measures reportedly did little to defuse tensions, and there are reports of large crowds in major cities.

Dissent in a tightly controlled Central Asian country is unusual, but these protests have been described as the largest in the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union.Forbes journalist Robert Hart writes.

The protests began in the western, oil and gas-rich regions of the country over the government’s decision to lift price caps on LPG, which many use as fuel for cars. Eventually, the protests spread across the country and into cities and grew into a broader call for political change and challenged Tokayev, who took office in 2019 as the elected successor of Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan since its independence in 1989 and still exercises significant control as chairman of the country’s Security Council and as the “Leader of the Nation.” Tokayev moved Nazarbayev from his post as chairman of the Security Council, and protesters began to knock down monuments to the “leader of the nation.”

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Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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