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NewsPoster Mar 31, 2014 06:17 AM
Turkish ISPs hijacking free DNS IP addresses, claims Google
Google's <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/306996==https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/" rel='nofollow'>Public DNS</a> service is being intercepted by Internet service providers in Turkey, the company has <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/306997==http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/googles-public-dns-intercepted-in-turkey.html" rel='nofollow'>alleged</a>. Servers have apparently been set up by each ISP to "masquerade as Google's DNS service," in what could be considered an attempt by those responsible to monitor or <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/306998==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/26/access.to.twitter.set.to.be.restored.in.turkey.lat er.today/" rel='nofollow'>censor critics</a> of the country's government while elections are underway. <br />
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Earlier this month, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" Twitter, after allegations of government corruption surfaced and spread across the service. After the government <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/306993==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/21/court.orders.to.block.twitter.over.corruption.post s.facebook.could.follow/" rel='nofollow'>blocked Twitter</a>, users in the country started to spread details of Google's DNS service as an alternative to those run by ISPs, in an attempt to avoid the ban, though this apparently prompted the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/306994==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/23/dns.ban.thwarts.turkish.citizen.workaround.of.twit ter.blockade/" rel='nofollow'>temporary blockage</a> of the IP addresses. Later, the country's telecommunications regulator blocked access to <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/306995==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/27/youtube.banned.in.turkey.one.day.after.similar.twi tter.block.lifts/" rel='nofollow'>YouTube</a> for similar reasons. <br />
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Google claims it has "received several credible reports" and confirmed with its own research that the DNS service it operates is altered in the country at the ISP level. Google analogized the situation as if someone replaced a user's phone book but had changed the listings for some people to point to another incorrect number, to prevent future contact. Google does not directly point the blame at any individual organization, instead opting to state it is occurring.
 
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