Internet, Mobile Shut Down Across Egypt

All eyes have been on Egypt the past few days, where protests against the government, likely organized by a group of middle class youth who call themselves the April 6 Movement, have gathered considerable steam. Foreign Policy has some amazing photos of the past few days.

Current reports coming out of the country suggest that, less than an hour ago, internet access was shut down across the country, along with SMS and mobile access.  After several days of ever-tightening censorship-- much ado was made over the blocking of Twitter-- this full-scale shut down appears to be a pretty desperate move by the government.  It's now the middle of the night in Cairo, but tomorrow we may expect a crazy day in the streets.

UPDATE: via CPJ, a chart of Egypt's internet traffic yesterday created by Arbor Networks: