Iran blocks VPNs, and more with latest firewall updates

There are a handful of countries worldwide that implement Internet filters to limit what their citizens can see and do online. One of those countries is Iran, which is famous for defying the UN, and for producing images of non-existent war machines.

Now Iran is stepping up its level of filtering by blocking the use of most virtual private networks (VPNs) from civilian access, with only 'legal and registered VPNs' allowed through the firewall.

Until now, the use of VPNs has allowed many Iranians access to the world outside of the restrictions of that firewall, but for most those days are now over. This is believed to be part of an Iranian strategy to prevent Egypt-like events, where social media could be used to start mass protests or even a revolution within the country.

Apparently Iran's firewall now also blocks access to services such as Skype and Viber.

This is all in the lead-up to Iran's first election since 2009 - which led to large civil unrest throughout the country, the worst since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

There are a number of other countries that also use various Internet filters, including China, North Korea, Belarus, Ethiopia, and more. Some western countries are also toying with the idea of filtering the Internet, including Australia - but not all have sinister objectives. For more information, see this article on Wikipedia.

Source: Reuters

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I love how you criticise "dictatorships" about blocking the internet. Here is a list of some other blocked sites;
Thepiratebay.org
megaupload.com
EU discussing on blocking porn tomorrow

"There are a handful of countries worldwide that implement Internet filters to limit what their citizens can see and do online. "

No. Many, many countries do, just some are more open and restrictive about it.

I am for removing that entire country from the Internet, there is no internet during the time of Mohammed, and there is no Internet mentioned in the Quran, so why they are using that horrible thing called the Internet? just take them out all together so we can relax from fanatics.

Not everyone in Iran is Muslim, nor are they all fanatics or radicals. A lot of people there are just people trying to make a life for themselves. It's not their fault that the government and religious leaders constantly play Risk with the rest of the world and **** everyone off.

Surly this hinders most companies trying to bring their business in to Iran? Shooting themselves in the foot?

SK[ said,]Surly this hinders most companies trying to bring their business in to Iran? Shooting themselves in the foot?

I assume companies deemed be beneficial for Iran and requiring access use "legal and registered VPNs" allowed through the firewall.

What a f***ed up country!!

Glad I wasn't born there or North Korea!! 2 countries I wouldn't give a crap if we blew them out of existence!!

Everyone not born in countries that repress their people should thank their lucky stars.
I don't think we actually see how lucky we are.

Do you really condone genocide? just asking


They chose their governments themselves, they chose the most stupid people to rule them, and no one cares if both the Great Leader and the Great Shaki's countries disappear form the map tomorrow, I just don't know why they are still there.

john.smith_2084 said,
They chose their governments themselves, they chose the most stupid people to rule them, and no one cares if both the Great Leader and the Great Shaki's countries disappear form the map tomorrow, I just don't know why they are still there.

for **** sakes... are you serious with this comment?

john.smith_2084 said,
They chose their governments themselves, they chose the most stupid people to rule them, and no one cares if both the Great Leader and the Great Shaki's countries disappear form the map tomorrow, I just don't know why they are still there.

I think you'll find that Iran actually had quite a nice democratic government in charge until America decided to get involved. They put a "dictator" in charge and protected him when the revolution broke out.

The reason why the current hardline moronic government got into power is thanks to the US. And the reason they're still in power is because of election fraud.

john.smith_2084 said,
They chose their governments themselves, they chose the most stupid people to rule them, and no one cares if both the Great Leader and the Great Shaki's countries disappear form the map tomorrow, I just don't know why they are still there.

They can only elect people who the Ayatollah likes.
It seems that you have no clue what has happened in Iran the last 50 years.
The last time they had a proper election, the Great Britain didn't like it and later on, after a newly elected US president took office, the US agreed with Great Britain.
The CIA actively worked towards overthrowing the democratically elected priminister of Iran and later got him assassinated. To keep control of Iran, they reinstalled Shah Pahlavi and made him the dictator that would just comply with US demands. The Shah's power was a gift from the CIA and he would keep it as long as he was doing what he was told.
The people of Iran got fed up with this and stupid Muslim towelhead living in exile in France, was plotting to remove the Shah. The towelhead lied like crazy and promised democracy.
Once the Shah was weakened, the towelhead came to Iran and made himself the Great Ayatollah. It took a long time before any democracy was brought to life and it wasn't really after the Ayatollah's death that a constitution was created and people would elect a president.
The truth is, the real politics is decided by the Ayatollah and his fellow wannabe-Ayatollahs.

A large portion of the well educated people of Iran as well as the young generation, is fed up but they are silenced by nut jobs that get to use very flexible methods since they are loyal to the theocratic government.

The people didn't bring this onto themselves!
They been f***ed in the a** by the CIA, lied to and spit in the face by corrupt religious leaders.
The people of Iran doesn't deserve all this ****.
The Iranian government fears that the people will gather their senses and throw out the corrupted theocratic c**k s***ers. So they now move onto to censoring even more of the internet.
Don't blame the people when the people doesn't get told the truth.
It's like, people think that North Koreans are stupid when it's actually a result of the dictatorship's agenda to indoctrinate the people with lies and malnourish the people, hindering the proper development of the brain.

Don't open your cookie hole when you don't understand the background of Iran or other theocracies, dictatorships and puppet regimes.
Open a history book!

i heard this from a friend of mine in Iran. she told me that she couldn't get VPN work for 3 days although now she found a new VPN . according to her they also blocked whatsapp too