Armenian Bloggers Confirm Top Websites Blocked in Iran
During the Internet training workshop held at the Caucasus Institute, Yerevan, led by Prof. Richard Rogers of the University of Amsterdam, sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Cloob, MySpace, Twitter and the BBC were are confirmed to be blocked in Iran today. They report that:
It appears that the entire sites are inaccessible, according to research carried out at the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, a country bordering Iran. Researchers used a series of proxy servers, located in Iran, and tried to access a series of popular Websites. They took screenshots of the blocked sites as evidence, showing a message from the Iranian state censor, with the reply email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.* The sites appear to be blocked in their entirety, as not only sensitive pages (the BBC’s Perian-language page) but also the homepages are blocked. Cloob.com, an alternative to Facebook, and TinyPic, the video-uploading alternative to YouTube, are also blocked. Other election-related sites in Iran are down, too, owing to apparent denial of service attacks as opposed to state Internet censorship. The winner of the disputed Iranian presidential elections on 12 June, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has seen his blog (Ahmadinejad.ir) overloaded.
The research was carried out by Sergey Gagloyev, Asya Umarova, Lusine Manukyan, Arshaluis Mghdesyan, Aida Mirmaksumova, Akhmed Istamilov, Norayr Iskandaryan, Gor Mislyaev, Garen Atoyan and Luiza Galanteryan.