Russia blocked Amazon, Google network addresses while trying to shut down Telegram

In an effort to shut down Telegram, Russia blocks Amazon, Google network addresses ARS Reports. Roskomnadzor—Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media—moved to enforce a new Russian federal law blocking the use of Telegram. The censorship began with Roskomnadzor instructing Internet service providers to block requests to Internet Protocol addresses of Telegram’s servers.

However, as users flocked to virtual private networks and proxy services to reach Telegram from their mobile devices and computers—or resorted to building their own—government censors added large swaths of IP addresses to the block list. And according to multiple sources within Russia, ISPs there are now blocking large chunks of IP addresses associated with cloud services from Amazon and Google.

Alexander Zharov, the chief of Roskomnadzor, confirmed that Amazon’s addresses were being blocked “due to the fact that the Telegram messenger started using them to bypass the lock in Russia,” RT reported.

As of midnight Moscow time, more than 15 million IP addresses were being actively blocked by ISPs, based on tracking by a Russian hosting service provider posted on a domain registered to Russia’s Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development. The site also provides instructions for downloading proxy server images for use on cloud services.

This chart of the increasing number of IP addresses blocked by order of Russia's communications authority was posted on a site associated with Russia's Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development.
Enlarge / This chart of the increasing number of IP addresses blocked by order of Russia’s communications authority was posted on a site associated with Russia’s Foundation for Assistance for Internet Technologies and Infrastructure Development.

Ars asked Amazon and Google for confirmation of the blocked traffic, but neither company has yet responded. Protests over the blocking of Telegram continue in Russia.

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