Shutting down the internet as a weapon?

Screenshot of the Syrian Electronic Army's takeover of the New York Times website on Tuesday.

There's been a lot of talk this week about the U.S. and its allies staging a military intervention in Syria after increasing evidence of President Assad's regime using deadly chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. The debate over intervention still rages -- as does the civil war in that country. One weapon being used in the conflict is the power to shut down the internet. Mashable reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai has been the latest on this story.

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