Russia Telegram ban hits Google and Amazon services

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Google said it's aware of reported problems with user access.

Roskomnadzor announced Sunday that it had blacklisted an unspecified number of Google IP addresses that Telegram was using to sidestep the ban. "Therefore, Roskomnadzor included some Google IP addresses into a register of banned internet resources".

Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked over 18 million IP addresses as it tries to cut off access to the messaging app Telegram.

Monday early morning Roskomnadzor started blocking Telegram after a court decision came to do the same as messenger denied giving encryption keys which are must to decode data.

While neither Google nor Apple has signalled that they have banned the app from their respective App Store and Google Play Store, it is believed that many websites and services across Russian Federation have been affected by the ban.

Russian authorities last week ordered Google, Apple, and Amazon to remove the Telegram app from their app stores in Russia, according to Meduza.

Rather than just block the latest group of net address, Roskomnadzor has been blocking all the ones Telegram has used, said Techcrunch.

Google, Amazon and other services inside Russian Federation have been hit by the country's bids to stop people using the Telegram messaging app. Obviously Telegram, which prides itself in its end-to-end encryption refused to do so and so now, Russian Federation is blocking nearly 18 million IP addresses in order to eventually block the service, since Telegram has a technique of hopping to a new IP address when the current one is blocked. Now millions of IP addresses are included in the block.

Pavel Durov, Telegram's Russian founder, said he was "thrilled we were able to survive under the most aggressive attempt of internet censorship in Russian history with nearly 18m IP addresses blocked".

Some users have circumvented the block by using virtual private network (VPN) technology, proxies, and third-party cloud services.

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