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Oops! Russia tries to block Telegram - blocks thousands of innocent addresses (and Telegram still works)

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 18 Apr 2018 7:14

Oops! Russia tries to block Telegram - blocks thousands of innocent addresses (and Telegram still works) Russia has banned popular messaging app Telegram and tries to block it as well as it can. This week, Russia blocked tens of thousands of IP addresses in order to block its citizens' access to Telegram - and failed.
At first, Russia's communication authority Roskomnadzor blocked tens of thousands of IP addresses that belong to Amazon's cloud services. Later, Roskomnadzor blocked yet another bunch of IP addresses, thus time those that are used by Google's cloud services.

The result?

Now Russians cannot access to thousands of unrelated web services, online games and more. Even some Russian banks are on the block list.

And yes, Roskomnadzor own website was hosted on one of the blocked IP addresses, too, so it wont work either..






And as far as Telegram goes, it still seems to work for most users. Reuters reports that Russian online users have started using various VPN services in order to avoid the government's blocks.




The war between Russia and Telegram, which originates from Russia, comes down to encryption. Russia wants Telegram to hand over the encryption keys so it can monitor online disucssions of its citizens. And as Telegram has refused to comply, Russian courts have deemed Telegram illegal in Russia.

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