At first, Russia's communication authority Roskomnadzor blocked tens of thousands of IP addresses that belong to Amazon's cloud services. Later, Roskomnadzor blocked yet another bunch of IP addresses, thus time those that are used by Google's cloud services.
Now Russians cannot access to thousands of unrelated web services, online games and more. Even some Russian banks are on the block list.
And yes, Roskomnadzor own website was hosted on one of the blocked IP addresses, too, so it wont work either..
Things that @roscomnadzor successfully blocked:— Manual (@CatVsHumanity) 18. huhtikuuta 2018
✔Their own website
✔and their monitoring devices (Ревизор)
✔Retail store chain
✔Gett ridesharing app
✔National social network OK
What @roscomnadzor didn't block:
And as far as Telegram goes, it still seems to work for most users. Reuters reports that Russian online users have started using various VPN services in order to avoid the government's blocks.
Telegram started using Amazon's AWS to bypass Russian censorship. Now, if you were @roscomnadzor (highly unlikely because nobody's as dumb as these doorknobs), what would you do? Certainly not block 655352 IP addresses belonging to Amazon, right? That would be so stupid... oh pic.twitter.com/AxEHfRUGnU-- Manual (@CatVsHumanity) 16. huhtikuuta 2018
The war between Russia and Telegram, which originates from Russia, comes down to encryption. Russia wants Telegram to hand over the encryption keys so it can monitor online disucssions of its citizens. And as Telegram has refused to comply, Russian courts have deemed Telegram illegal in Russia.
Written by: Petteri Pyyny @ 18 Apr 2018 7:14