Iran blocks use of tool to get around Internet filter


Customers use computers at an internet cafe in Tehran May 9, 2011. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

By Yeganeh Torbati

(Reuters) – Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most „virtual private networks“, a tool that many Iranians use to get around an extensive government Internet filter, Iranian media quoted an official as saying on Sunday.

A widespread government Internet filter prevents Iranians from accessing many sites on the official grounds they are offensive or criminal.

Many Iranians evade the filter through use of VPN software, which provides encrypted links directly to private networks based abroad, and can allow a computer to behave as if it is based in another country.

But authorities have now blocked „illegal“ VPN access, an Iranian legislator told the Mehr news agency on Sunday. Iranian web users confirmed that VPNs were blocked.

„Within the last few days illegal VPN ports in the country have been blocked,“ said Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, the head of parliament’s information and communications technology committee, according to Mehr. „Only legal and registered VPNs can from now on be used.“ Lies den Rest dieses Beitrags

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