sprminsider blog page blocked by government

A blog page hosted on blogger.com at Malaysian domain sprminsider.blogspot.my with images of what looks like a leak of anti-corruption agency (SPRM) investigation file against Najib has been blocked via DNS redirection. Users using ISP provided DNS in Malaysia will be redirected to MCMC notice page.

Timeline

  • 2017-04-06 sprminsider.blogspot.my blocked by DNS and redirected to MCMC notice citing CMMA 233 and 263(2).

    263. (2) A licensee shall, upon written request by the Commission
    or any other authority, assist the Commission or other authority
    as far as reasonably necessary in preventing the commission
    or attempted commission of an offence under any written law
    of Malaysia or otherwise in enforcing the laws of Malaysia,
    including, but not limited to, the protection of the public revenue
    and preservation of national security.h

    DIGI





    TMNet:

    dig sprminsider.blogspot.my @1.9.1.9
    ; <<>> DiG 9.10.3-P4-Ubuntu <<>> sprminsider.blogspot.my @1.9.1.9
    ;; global options: +cmd
    ;; Got answer:
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 46838
    ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 1

    ;; OPT PSEUDOSECTION:
    ; EDNS: version: 0, flags:; udp: 512
    ;; QUESTION SECTION:
    ;sprminsider.blogspot.my. IN A

    ;; ANSWER SECTION:
    sprminsider.blogspot.my. 0 IN A 175.139.142.25

    ;; Query time: 6 msec
    ;; SERVER: 1.9.1.9#53(1.9.1.9)
    ;; WHEN: Fri Apr 07 12:20:42 MYT 2017
    ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 68

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

Additional links to other relevant information

Credit

2017-04-06 Sinar Project

06/04/2017
Censorship
Article
National Security
Communications and Multimedia Act
Malaysian Communications And Multimedia Commission
Public
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