The conflict in Syria between rebels and government troops is nothing new. The country's been engaged in a bloody civil war for over a year now, and there are no signs of it getting better at any point soon. In fact, it's just gotten worse. As of 12:26PM Damascus time, Syria's essentially been cut off from the Internet. Like any good modern conflict, there's no clear cause and both sides are blaming each other.
Elliot Doxer, an employee of web content delivery company Akamai Technologies, Inc., has been arrested by federal authorities on the accusation that he offered to spy on behalf of a foreign country in exchange for money. According to Reuters, Doxer was charged with one count of wire fraud for providing "customers lists, contract details and employee information," and he asked for $3000 in return. Per the Jerusalem Post, court papers show that Doxer tried to contact a foreign consulate in Boston to offer his spying assistance in 2006: He allegedly wrote that he was a Jewish American, and wanted "to help our homeland and our war against our enemies."