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The official website for the Tor Project has been blocked in Russia

The official website for the Tor Project has been blocked in Russia

about 1 year ago by IanDorfman

The Russian government has blocked the official website for the Tor anonymous web browsing project.

As reported by BleepingComputer, Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media has blocked Tor's official website alongside six additional VPN services. The timeline for these new restrictions was covered by Russian digital rights organization Roskomsvoboda: "The blocking was started by the telecommunications carrier Rostelecom on December 1, 2021, with MTS and Tele 2 following with similar action on December 3, 2021."

Tor responded to the block with the following message on a post on their official blog:

"Russia is the country with the second-largest number of Tor users, with more than 300,000 daily users or 15% of all Tor users. As it seems this situation could quickly escalate to a country-wide Tor block, it’s urgent that we respond to this censorship!"

Internet users in Russia can continue to access an official mirror for Tor's website at tor.eff.org. The Tor Project also requested for community members to run Tor Bridges to ensure continued access for Russian netizens.

Further coverage: BleepingComputer.com

about 1 year ago by IanDorfman

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