Google confirms Turkey blocking public DNS servers

Turkish citizens were previously using VPN's and other public DNS servers to circumvent a block the country's government had placed on Twitter and YouTube.

The DNS workarounds quickly spread throughout the country's users with tweets coming from within Turkey being up 138% compared to what they were before the block. Renesys had also confirmed the block on twitter. To further enforce the ban on Twitter it has been confirmed that Turkey is now blocking the IP address of twitter at an ISP level along with blocking the popular Google Public DNS servers.

Google has since confirmed that it received several credible reports about the block and then confirmed this with their own research. They confirmed on their blog today, "We have received several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that Google’s Domain Name System (DNS) service has been intercepted by most Turkish ISPs." Anytime a request is made for Google's Public DNS server, the request is being intercepted by the Turkish ISP and the result is redirected.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also noted that Facebook could be next on the chopping block, the blocking of YouTube and Google DNS servers only came to light after Erdogan's recording of him telling his son to dispose of illicit money leaked on YouTube.

Source: Google Blog | Image Courtesy of IServeWebsites

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yken said,
Anyone searched for whats the reason behind blocking twitter and youtube?

No... Because its been stated in almost every article about this situation. Look at the smaller font, it tells you more than the big font.

Erdogan will face an uprising, he was on the cusp of it last year.

Only a matter of time. He`s a by the numbers old skool politician/evil bastard.

Video evidence exposes political corruption. Site which hosts said video is now censored by the political class. Why am I not surprised.

On the other hand, here in Pakistan, YouTube is banned or at least its supposed to be but just replace http with https and you can access it just fine. :D

AsherGZ said,
On the other hand, here in Pakistan, YouTube is banned or at least its supposed to be but just replace http with https and you can access it just fine. :D

Except apparently they are blocking it a bit deeper than that so doing that might not work.

ZipZapRap said,
The last paragraph is the most appalling aspect of this situation.
Just remember, corporations can't do this. Just governments.

MrHumpty said,
Hi, I'm from the Government and I'm here to protect you.

hi, im from the department of fun and i approve your comment

MrHumpty said,
Hi, I'm from the Government and I'm here to protect you.

Hi, I am from the RIAA, glad to see my bribe money is well spent

timster said,
how many other public DNS servers are there in the world? can't block them all

No you can't block them all unless say, you have a whitelist of IPs to allow outgoing port 53 UDP connections to, for instance...

timster said,
how many other public DNS servers are there in the world? can't block them all

I think, it's possible to block the most known, making it very hard to find a non blocked one.

n_K said,
Won't be too long until this is commonplace in the UK too.

Sad but true. The age of a free and open internet is now a distant memory. It's been usurped by the plutocracy and censorship loving governments.