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Iran Blocks VPN Ports 134

First time accepted submitter Parham90 writes "After the Iranian post-election events that led to massive riots and break-outs through the world, the Iranian government started blocking all social websites, including Facebook, Youtube, Orkut, MySpace and Twitter. The Iranians, however, started using VPN (virtual private network) connections to bypass censorship. Since Thursday, September 30, 2011, all VPN ports have however been blocked, in the first attempt to start what the Iranian government calls the 'National Internet.'"
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Iran Blocks VPN Ports

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  • Use OpenVPN (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kandresen (712861) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @10:05AM (#37625334)

    OpenVPN can use any port and is not detected as regular VPN communication, and can thus bypass firewalls that blocks VPN communication.

  • It's somehow done (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Parham90 (2478210) on Thursday October 06, 2011 @10:08AM (#37625358)
    Since I live in Iran, I can vouch for it being true. The government-run media claims that the "PPTP" (and some other) protocols have been blocked, although I'm not sure how this works. I, for sure, can't access the VPN connections I used to be able to access. So I'm going to find a friend outside of Iran and ask them to start a VPN connection on port 80; just to see if they are feeding people another lie or not. :-)

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