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Iran Bans Google, GMail, YouTube, and All SSL Sites

Steven Blum

According to Engadget, over three months ago Iran's supreme leader Ayotolla Khomeini blocked Google's encrypted search, YouTube and Gmail and all other SSL (secure) sites in the lead-up to the anniversary of the 1979 revolution. More than 30 million Iranian Internet users have been unable to access ANY e-mail sites since February 10th, which is much more than previously imagined.

According to the state-run Mehr news agency, Iran’s Information Technology Organization and the Telecommunication Infrastructure Co. have said they are unaware of the issue. The head of the former, Saeed Mahdioun, said any problems wouldn’t fall under his group’s responsibilities, adding that he doesn’t use foreign e-mail services.

Khamenei has also issued a "fatwa" against using anti-filtering tools. The catch? His own fatwa was filtered by the state, probably for containing the words "anti-filtering" (Iranian filters are notoriously unsophisticated). While plenty of Iranians use "mirrors" to access the unfettered web, there is indication that the government could begin cracking down more on those who do.

Iranian authorities are also mulling plans for Iran to get its 'own Internet.' We'll let you know of any updates.


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  • CJ Brown May 18, 2012 Link

    "durka durka Mohammad jihad!" - Team America World Police

    Yeah, its one of several funny moments from that film & its a phrase I often use to describe how arse backwards some Countries are (imagine living under an oppressive regime who controlled EVERYTHING you can - or can't - do .... no wonder generations of persecuted Persians want out of Iran (wouldn't you?)

  • red May 15, 2012 Link

    Thank you for bringing this story to us Steven.

  • monzer chehab May 14, 2012 Link

    They are free to do what ever they want to do. I'm sure they did it for a reason. Better for you to mind your own business.

  • Richard M. May 14, 2012 Link

    Iranians just need a little help in beating their anti-internet government.

  • kuty May 14, 2012 Link


  • fariborz dadashzadeh May 14, 2012 Link

    please help Iranian people to break all internet filters .

  • fariborz dadashzadeh May 14, 2012 Link

    lran government don't want and dont like internet .

  • chinu May 14, 2012 Link

    y they r running over http then... shut down that also....

  • Adrian Price May 14, 2012 Link

    In the first paragraph, you call him Ayotollah Khomeini; Khomeini has been dead over 20 years. You got in right in the 3rd para with Khamenei.