Roskomnadzor (Russia's telecommunications watchdog) bans 4 Million Amazon and Google IPs in Attempt to Block Telegram
— Russia is blocking Amazon and google subnets
in an attempt to restrict Telegram messenger access.
— The move to ban these IP blocks is a response to Telegram moving some of its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud
servers over the weekend.
— Roskomnadzor banned the Telegram instant messaging client inside Russia's border on Friday, April 13, after Telegram refused to hand over customers' encryption keys to the FSB, Russia's main intelligence service.
— By moving servers to Amazon and Google servers, Telegram was able to skirt the initial ban
and provide service to Russian users over the weekend.
— Many users ridiculed Roskomnadzor's decision
on social media, and for good reasons, as the move to mass-ban so many IP addresses had secondary repercussions, as it also blocked many legitimate web services
. Users reported many online games, mobile apps, and cryptocurrency services going dark over the course of the day.
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