Iraq Government Blocks Access to Tor Project

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Last week it was reported that the Iraqi government had blocked access to numerous social media networks including Twitter, Facebook, Google and YouTube over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) was using the services to organise its insurgency.

Usually when governments block access such websites, a spike in use of Tor is seen as people look to bypass such blocks.

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This was seen in Turkey last March when prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s blocking of Twitter and YouTube led to 10,000 new users accessing the Tor network every day.

Now the main Tor Project website has now been blocked in Iraq, meaning that those looking to use the anonymous web browser to communicate cannot access the necessary details.

While the Iraqi government would be unable to block communications on the Tor network, by blocking the Tor Project’s website it means those who don’t know how it works will be unable to access download links for the software needed and guides on how to use the technology.

However there are ways around the block put in place by the Iraqi government, with a number of websites set up to give people the information they need.

While there are numerous English-language mirrors available, a new website in Arabic has now been established giving people in Iraq simple instructions on how to download the necessary software and use Tor for themselves.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting read.

    A bit off topic, where you going to release a interview with one of the cp weirdos that deepdot refused to post? I have no actual interest in the act itself, but I thought deepdot did a poor job bringing that to our attention and refusing to post it, and I read somewhere you’d be willing to do something similar. Just asking.

    Love the site! Wish it was updated more often but ya take what ya can get.

    Peace 🙂

    • Hey, thanks for your comment. We share the same view that pedophiles are indeed disgusting people, but would have no problem conducting and publishing an interview wish such a person/group in order to make available more information on the subject. We have not been in contact with such a person or group and the site that DeepDotWeb conducted the interview with has since been voluntarily closed down, more information can be seen here.

      I am sure something will pop up in the future, so keep an eye out.

      Thanks
      DWN

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