Iran blocks access to Gmail and Google, Internet users say
One user in Iran reports that Google is still accessible via some of its IP addresses, however
IDG News Service - The Iranian government appears to have blocked access to Google's search engine and Gmail webmail service from inside Iran, according to Internet users there.
A security researcher going by the Twitter handle of @0xal reported late Sunday that access to Gmail and Google had been restricted", and later said that he could only access the services using a VPN or a proxy.
However, he later reported that it is still possible to access Google via some IP addresses rather than a hostname.
"Both Gmail and google.com are blocked since last night, but Gmail is not blocked in some mobile operators," he said via direct Twitter message.
Regional news site Your Middle East said its Tehran correspondent was no longer able to access the services. The site, and other news agencies, said that the block had been confirmed by Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi, the secretary of an official group responsible for detecting illegal Internet content. The move was made in response to demands from the Iranian people, he told the news outlets.
Another Iranian news outlet, the Young Journalists Club, reported Google's service in Iran would be blocked due to the availability of a 14-minute film trailer on YouTube that has sparked widespread protest due to its denigrating portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.
In addition to the video, Iran's nuclear program has caused increasing tensions between with the U.S. and other Western countries.
The U.S. and Iran have blamed one another for carrying out covert cyberattacks, a battle that has become increasingly public as computer security experts analyze malicious software such as Stuxnet and Flame. Stuxnet has been linked to attacks on Iran's uranium refinement capabilities and was designed to disrupt industrial control equipment made by Siemens.
Iran denied on Sunday it was responsible for cyberattacks against the websites of U.S. banks.
The country said it had never launched cyberattacks against U.S. banks, according to the Tehran Times on Sunday, quoting Gholam Reza Jalali, director of Iran's Passive Defense Organization. He spoke to the Persian service of the Fars News Agency, according to the paper.
The websites of Bank of America and Chase Bank experienced intermittent outages last week, which have been blamed on denial-of-service attacks originating from Iran, according to reports by NBC News citing unnamed U.S. national security officials.
In May, Iran said it would separate its internal networks from the Internet, a plan intended to insulate the country from cyberattacks, according to a report from the Iranian Students' News Agency.
The news outlet quoted Iran's Communications Minister Reza Taghipour as saying the Internet is an "unsafe network," and that local software would be used to create a national grid. He cautioned, however, that it would not function like the Internet.
In June, Iran said it was developing a strategic cyberplan in order to develop defensive but not offensive capabilities.
- 18 Hot IT Certifications for 2014
- CIOs Opting for IT Contractors Over Hiring Full-Time Staff
- 12 Best Free iOS 7 Holiday Shopping Apps
- For CMOs Big Data Can Lead to Big Profits
- Slideshow: 5 ways to lock down your mobile device
- Slideshow: 10 mistakes companies make after a data breach
- How to rob a bank: A social engineering walk through
- Which smartphone is the most secure?
If you like your iPhone, you can keep your iPhone. Period.
President Obama has revealed that he's not permitted to carry an iPhone. It's too insecure for the job, he says. Instead, he's stuck with a BlackBerry. Well, someone's got to have one still. However, it turns out that the Pentagon has also outlawed non-BlackBerry smartphones. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers joke that 2006 called and they want their smartphones back.
- IT Certification Study Tips
- Register for this Computerworld Insider Study Tip guide and gain access to hundreds of premium content articles, cheat sheets, product reviews and more.
- Mitigating DDoS Attacks with F5 Technology
- This document examines various DDoS attack methods and the application of specific ADC technologies to block attacks in the DDoS threat spectrum while...
- The DDoS Threat Spectrum
- Bolstered by favorable economics, today's global botnets are using distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to target firewalls, web services, and applications, often simultaneously.
- Defending Against Denial of Service Attacks
- By utilizing end-user interviews, this whitepaper explores a deeper understanding of DDoS defense plans and reveals the knowledge gaps around the Denial of...
- Strategic Solutions for Government IT
- This paper outlines why F5 is the optimum partner to help achieve the levels of security, performance and availability that are vital to...
- Leveraging Managed Security Services to Fight Growing Cybersecurity Threats
- IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service enables agile responses to constantly changing threats. All Government IT White Papers
- Video: 5 Secrets To Scaling Enterprise Apps Watch this video to learn how to successfully scale enterprise apps>>
- Collaboration 2013: Where Mobility Meets Connectivity Mobility and collaboration are quickly converging and users are demanding more capabilities. It's no longer enough to enable file sharing. This Webcast dives...
- Modernizing SAP environments with minimum risk - a path to Big Data Hear from top IDC analyst, Richard Villars, about the path you can start taking now to enable your organization to get the benefits...
- The Power of the Citrix Mobility Solution, XenMobile Does everything become a smartphone? Or does the smartphone begin to do everything? How can we afford to support BYOD? Rather, how can...
- BYOD Happens: How to Secure Mobility How to navigate the journey of securing mobility, including the BYOD corruption of IT, the top ten mobility strategies, and the mobility management...
- All Government IT Webcasts
Does your organization offer extensive benefits, cool perks, competitive salaries, opportunities for training and advancement? Then get it recognized!
Nominate your company or another deserving organization for Computerworld's 2014 Best Places to Work in IT list now through Dec. 12, 2013.