Iran Censors Porn, Manages To Affect Russia, India, Indonesia and Hong Kong In the Process

via Engadget

Iran, which of course block porn on their nation’s internet, caused a lot of Asia to be blocked from accessing superbigcocks.com and 255 other websites in the process. Last Thursday the country began blocking the websites which led to people seeing blank pages instead of the porn they were craving.

This was in large part to Iran abusing the honor system that Internet Service Providers use to offer faster access to website. It’s called the Border Gateway Protocol, a “method service providers use to exchange and distribute routing information — the instructions that point you to the web server you’re looking for, ” according to EngadgetThe problem is that there’s no way stop this from happening, if a country or person wanted to do this, there’s nothing from stopping them as was the case with Iran.

Iran’s routing networks are a major part of internet traffic for the region and area utilized by India’s Bharti Airtel, Russia’s RETN, Indonesia’s Telekomunikasi and Hong Kong’s Hutchison, which are some of the largest internet service providers in Asia. The Verge highlights the vulnerability of the internet, “By the rules of networking, any network can announce a route to any IP address — essentially saying, if you want to get to the server for superbigcocks.com, head this way. Having a lot of those routes at once makes the internet efficient and robust, but it also makes it easy to spoof. If a network decides to announce a bad route, there’s very little in place to stop it.”

So I guess the moral of the story is to try not to browse for porn so close to Iran because they will probably end up blocking it and limit the use of your favorite porn websites for 28 hours by using border gateway protocol to restrict access. Yup simple lesson.

[Via Engadget]

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