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Ars Technica says Iran blocked it after malware report

Ars Technica said it is being banned in Iran after publishing reports about the Stuxnet malware that allegedly targeted an Iranian power plant.

The popular tech and reviews site said Monday that after its Sept. 27 report on the malware, traffic from Iran dropped to zero and that readers have since reported getting a "403 Forbidden" notice when trying to reach the site.

That "Forbidden" notice, according to Ars's readers, is the typical response returned by the Iranian government's filter when users try to access a blocked site.

"The point of the ban isn't clear, but it definitely highlights how easy it is for governments to start cracking down on whatever sites they like once they have the proper tools in place and have centralized all Internet links leaving/entering the country," Ars reported. "And, as the traffic logs show, it can be surprisingly effective at discouraging casual users from viewing unwanted content."

By Cecilia Kang  | October 12, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
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Good-luck to Iran; all these zionist websites MUST be BLOCKED if you ask me.
We will find them one by one!

Posted by: Kiumars2000 | October 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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