Iran has spent years fending off cyber attacks, blocking access, and isolating their own intranet from the outside world. Many Iranians were using of virtual private networks (VPNs), which provide encrypted links directly to private networks based abroad, in order to access sites like YouTube and Facebook and bypass the country’s internet filter.
But recently, Iranian authorities have blocked the use of most virtual private networks to stop people in the country from circumventing the government’s internet filter.
The widespread government internet filter prevents Iranians from accessing many sites on the official grounds they are offensive or criminal.
Ramezanali Sobhani-Fard, the head of parliament’s Information and Communications Technology Committee said, “Within the last few days, illegal VPN ports in the country have been blocked. Only legal and registered VPNs can be used from now on.”
Registered and legal VPN access can still be purchased, but the typical filter workarounds no longer work.
source: The Hacker News | Mohit Kumar