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Iran Blocks 'Illegal' VPNs, Google, and Yahoo 176

First time accepted submitter voul writes "Iran is at it again. Taking a page from China's playbook, Iran has moved to cut off illegal VPNs. 'Quite aware of the censorship they face, many Iranians use proxy servers over virtual private networks to circumvent government restrictions and mask their activities,' CNET reports. 'However, officials now say they have blocked use of the "illegal" tool.' Slashgear reports that users are 'unable to access social networks like Facebook and Twitter, or use services like Skype to make phone calls. Along with the blocking of the VPNs, the Iranian government have also blocked access to Google and Yahoo.'"
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Iran Blocks 'Illegal' VPNs, Google, and Yahoo

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  • by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Sunday March 10, 2013 @07:52PM (#43134059)

    So, we are going to handle the physical sanctions and the Iranian government is going to handle the internet sanctions. Sounds like a great plan!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 10, 2013 @08:29PM (#43134221)

    ...and nothing of value was lost. (Unless you happen to live there, that is.)

    What was lost was a nation of people that could contribute their creativity to the rest of the internet. We have lost quite a lot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 10, 2013 @11:09PM (#43135011)
    Iran, as Persia, was a pretty civilized country before the Muslims overran it. Once they became Islamic, it was all over. The AC who stated that the only good thing they have to give is oil is correct - and the same is true about Iran's neighbors, like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Emirates, Qatar, et al.
  • by v1 ( 525388 ) on Sunday March 10, 2013 @11:52PM (#43135201) Homepage Journal

    It's illegal to use a VPN that the government can't decrypt and monitor the traffic on. And they're not just wanting access "in case they need it", they run software 24/7 that flags "items of interest" for human review. If they find you're breaking any laws, as defined by their legal system (clerics and thousand year old books), or doing anything that threatens their control over their sheep (not the hoofed variety) then they lock you up or behead you or whatever they feel is appropriate.

    Considering the broadness of their laws, the harshness of their penalties, and the almost complete lack of legal protection the average (non wealthy) citizen has over there, it's basically dangerous to use the internet over there, for any reason. A week of monitoring you, regardless of what you were trying to do or not do, and they are likely to have enough dirt to hang you (literally) if they feel like it. It's a scary place to live.

    Web search for some goat milk recipes. Click a link. Wow look at that, the banner ad on that page is showing titties! Your computer has just downloaded porn, which is illegal to possess. That's all it takes over there to lock you up. I can't imagine how you'd go about actually using the internet over there without setting yourself up. It's a shame really, all these controlling countries (be they religious or just plain dictators like NK) are forced to create an environment of stagnation to maintain their control, and they care more for that then the future of their country. Quite sad for the people. I look at it and it's like being in the supermarket and watching some mother just scream at her kids, treating them like crap, and wishing you could do something about it, but you can't. Depressing to watch.

  • by Dave Emami ( 237460 ) on Monday March 11, 2013 @02:51AM (#43135739) Homepage

    Funny, I was under the impression that a large majority of Slashdot participants were in favor of unfettered communications and against censorship, especially when it comes to the Internet. There is a story category named "Your Rights Online." Should it be renamed to "Your Rights Online Unless You Live In A Country The US Considers Bad, In Which Case We'll Pretend Everything Is OK"?

    Censorship should be criticized, whoever does it and wherever it is done, period.

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