Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Blogspot (and other sites) blocked

I received an email about blogspot sites being blocked:
can you please check blogspot sites? It seems like government of Pakistan has banned blogspot hosted blogs. I have asked many friends using different ISPs to try and connect my blogspot hosted blog and they are all unable to access it or any blog hosted on blogspot.

On checking, blogspot is currently blocked from Pakistan. Before now, the GOP was blocking a few blogspot sites, but now they've gone all out and have blocked every single blogspot site. Blogspot itself is running fine and dandy, as can be checked by accessing it through a proxy server based outside Pakistan. The block seems to be at the DNS level only - typing the IP address of blogger takes you there directly: http://66.102.15.100.

For workarounds, see:
HOWTO bypass Internet Censorship, Anonymouse and TOR.

Any knowledgable in the Pakistani telecoms/isp industry know how exactly the Pakistani govt. censors the internet? Such information would be really helpful in writing an article about it (for publication in local magazine/newspaper).

Ironically, this post is not readable by the intended audience as this website is currently blocked in Pakistan!

Correction: The block is not just at the DNS level, it's also blocking IP addresses.

Update: The block is at the ISP level. Not all internet traffic is routed through the Pakistan Internet Exchange, so the govt. must have ordered local ISP's to block certain websites. All the major ISP's in Pakistan are blocking weblogs hosted at blogspot.com.

22 comments:

chanad said...

try unipeak.com . it's relatively faster than most other web-based proxies

Zunaira said...

Thanks for the URL!

I can't wait for the Government to cut this off as well.

Blogger....blocked! I really hope this is the result of screwup at the top and not intentional!

Free BLOGGER GOP!

Sikander said...

Why the heck are the Pakistani Government blocking Blogspot now??? What seems to be the reason behind it? Next they'll be blocking email!

self said...

It's not DNS-based -- http://66.102.15.101/ doesn't work (blogspot sites point to that address). Blogger's unaffected.

Zunaira said...

Govt is blocking websites showing blasphemous cartoons. One of them ends in blogspot.com and hence all of us hosted on blogspot.com have fallen prey to the block!

Remember when PTA pursued all porn content online and ended up blocking clusters of websites?

KO said...

It seems to me that an over zealous system admin somewhere in the chain messed up on a regex filter - was probably trying to block a certain blogspot site and mistakenly blocked them all.

Certain Indian weblogs have been banned for some months now, so some poor SOB while adding a few more blogs to the ban list fucked up, and now they'll have to scroll all the way up down their blacklist... which is millions of urls long (as they try to ban every porn site conceivable).

self said...

I've left a complaint at PTA's web site. Let's see if they get back to me.

shoiab safdar said...

bad news......
for pakistani bloggers
as well as blog readers

Moiz said...

I contacted my ISP Paknet. They said they had resolved the problem.. But no they havent.
They are serious dumbos. Even a simpleton like me can trace ruote the request and tell that in my isp case my request is being denied access beyond the lahore based server of the ISP.
Shouldnt we collectively raise voice over this. acivilized one though

Ovais Khan said...

Since last few days, have been noticing timeouts when accessing blogspot blogs, but didn't get time to investigate further and found this blog post. Some more investigation revealed that the packets are being blocked at PIE routers, while a friend using cybernet sent a trace in which it was being blocked at cybernet routers. May be our ISP friends have more to say on this.

This decision of our leadership is deplorable and should be highlighted effectively by our main stream media.

More thought and my favourite workarounds are avaiable at
my blog via google
and web page.

Anonymous said...

This is dumb, this is not how things should work. If the government has a problem with what someone is saying, it should directly face them, not block them cowardly instead.

Nabil said...

YEAH BABY!
now people back home can get a taste of what it feels like to be under a proxy :D!

X --- said...

i had issues only for a day...next day, quite a few were up n running and now almost everyone of them is running.
no ISP changes made..

Ive also recieved reports about problems in India over accessing blogspot based blogs...hence im a bit skeptical over the blockage issue. I think we are getting it mixed up with the announcement by the govt to block blasphemous websites...

Zohare said...

blogspot is not blocked. what are you all on about? i am posting and browsing perfectly fine.

Zunaira said...

No access for me yet, Naaadda!

abdul said...

I have a simple to follow guide to getting around it: http://www.jihadthisfilth.com/blogger-ban-in-pakistan-a-guide-to-getting-around-it/

aaa said...

Guys I think since not all traffic goes throug PIE thus your ISP's have not blocked blogspot. Most probably yuuu are using WOL. They have their own independent link.
All other major ISPs ae blocking the whole of blogspot domain. There is no mix up. And there is no point i blocking access to a million sites for just a few. I suggest we all shift to WOL connections.

Adnan Siddiqi said...


Remember when PTA pursued all porn content online and ended up blocking clusters of websites?

Zunaira,which website was not accessible for you *grin*

and those who are talking about banning selective websites,its not easy and not helpful for internet surfers anyway.By applying more and more filters,we are gonna suffer net speed.Dont you guys have anything better to do?

Ovais Khan said...

If you use Firefox, I have written a simple firefox extension "httProxy" in order to provide an easy work-around the blockade of blogspot blogs in Pakistan. Using httProxy, you can access any blocked page using the pre-defined set of proxies.

Installation and usage guide are avaiable here: http://httproxy.mozdev.org/installation.html

Comments, questions and features requests can be written at:
http://httproxy.mozdev.org/comments.html

Ovais Khan said...

If you use Firefox, I have written a simple firefox extension "httProxy" in order to provide an easy work-around the blockade of blogspot blogs in Pakistan. Using httProxy, you can access any blocked page using the pre-defined set of proxies.

Installation and usage guide are avaiable here: http://httproxy.mozdev.org/installation.html

Comments, questions and features requests can be written at:
http://httproxy.mozdev.org/comments.html

yaramon said...

Check out www.proxydom.com to access blocked sites.

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