financetwitter.com blog site blocked

A blog site that provides publishes articles on finance and general issues in Malaysia has been blocked via DNS redirection for violating Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) Section 233. Users using ISP provided DNS in Malaysia will be redirected to MCMC notice page.

Timeline

  • 2017-04-09 www.financetwitter.com blocked

    TMNet:

    dig www.financetwitter.com @1.9.1.9

    ; <<>> DiG 9.10.3-P4-Ubuntu <<>> www.financetwitter.com @1.9.1.9
    ;; global options: +cmd
    ;; Got answer:
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 36437
    ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

    ;; OPT PSEUDOSECTION:
    ; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 512
    ;; QUESTION SECTION:
    ;www.financetwitter.com. IN A

    ;; ANSWER SECTION:
    www.financetwitter.com. 0 IN A 175.139.142.25

    ;; Query time: 3 msec
    ;; SERVER: 1.9.1.9#53(1.9.1.9)
    ;; WHEN: Sun Apr 09 20:26:04 MYT 2017
    ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 67



Impact

All Malaysians using DNS provided by ISPs, especially mobile data will be redirected to MCMC censorship notification and will not be able to access the website.

Solution

Affected users should consider the following workaround:

1. Using alternative DNS (Ref: How to workaround Internet Censorship via DNS blocking)
2. Using safe proxy (Ref: Tor Project)

References

Credit

Sinar Project

09/04/2017
Censorship
News
National Security, Defamation
Communications and Multimedia Act
Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission
Public
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