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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Pakistani ISPs Were Prohibited to Use VPN

Pakistani ISPs Were Prohibited to Use VPN

Pakistani ISPs Were Prohibited to Use VPN

Added: Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
According to local media reports, Pakistani authorities have recently issued demands for Internet service providers to block Internet users from trying to conceal their identities.


The directive provided to local media by some Islamabad-based broadband provider revealed that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has issued notice saying that use of VPNs (virtual private networks) should not be allowed. The provided notice claimed that all similar mechanisms, including EVPNs (encrypted virtual private networks), able to hide communication to the extent prohibiting monitoring must be clamped down. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority claimed that this action was in line with earlier regulations for national security, which hadn’t been adequately supported thus far. Nevertheless, it now seems that ordinary citizen’s privacy will suffer in the crossfire.

The authority’s representative said that the directive in question was purely to help curb militants from using virtual private networks in order to hide their identities. In other words, the majority of the public would now be prevented from communicating securely via VPNs. The action came as Pakistan continued to push stricter state security controls over web usage, for example, wantonly banning all sorts of “offensive” services.

US-based website Rolling Stone, for instance, has been blocked since the middle of summer. Although it wasn’t explained what harm could hearing about Beyonce’s pregnancy do to the country’s security, the entire website has been blocked after just a single posting.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority claimed they didn’t know why the website had been blocked. At the same time, the Islamabad-based Internet service provider explained that the site was down due to one offending article entitled “Pakistan’s insane military spending up there with US’s”. That’s what led to a notice to remove the article and everything else from the site. The article in question cited a column published in the New York Times, where Pakistani military was questioned about spending. By the way, for some reason the New York Times wasn’t affected due to this story. Unfortunately for the Internet service providers and Rolling Stone’s readers, it wasn’t possible to block certain links on the site, so the entire domain has now been taken offline.

September 3rd,2011

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Date:  Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-09-03 19:18:45)
No avatarI certainly hope the RIAA doesn't get a whiff of this!

posted by (2011-09-03 20:55:58)
horror_flick avatarit is a gud step 2 keep a little bit privacy atleast .. from jews!!

posted by (2011-09-04 17:29:24)
No avatar@Zeeshanrukh
Agree 101%

posted by (2011-09-04 21:29:06)
No avatarproud to be pakistani

posted by Blocked (2011-09-04 23:52:25)
Faraz_123 avatarI'm Pakistani Too But I Don't Care About What Others Say As I Have Never Liked Racist Kinda People To Begin With.We Have Many Talented People.Its Wrong To Use Bad Words Against A Country And Target So People Behave Friendly And Respect Every Country And Religion.This Is A Friendly Site And Not A Place To Fight With Each-other.I Have Many Indian And Other Foreign Friends Here But I Respect All Of Them In The Same Way So I think Everyone Should Act In A Friendly Manner Here.

posted by Site Friend (2011-09-05 04:45:38)
karakurachow avatarAny more racist's comments will not be tolerated and will result in a ban.

posted by Blocked (2011-09-05 07:14:52)
Faraz_123 avatarWell Done Karakurachow Bro.

posted by (2011-09-05 12:30:52)
dslbandit avatarDon't ban a Muslim, they'll blow your ass up!

posted by (2011-09-05 12:40:04)
DrNO avataryup sure we will. so mind it.
and keep your poking noses in the pork. dslbandit

posted by (2011-09-05 21:22:41)
fahadmehar avatarPakistan never block sex websites it's all open. I live In Kuwait here all sex websites are blocked. What is the bullshit reason they banned (VPN) ?

posted by (2011-09-06 19:13:33)
dslbandit avatarThe Muslims don't ban porn sites because it's their heritage to breed with camels and goats in the name of allah. If they can't blow their load into a camel they head for the nearest populated civilian center and blow that. In Kuwait they block it because they are trying to emulate the civilized world.

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