Millions of IP addresses, including those of popular cryptocurrency mining pools, have been blocked in Russia as a result of Russia’s telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor’s attempts to shut down Telegram messaging service.
In particular, ViaBTC (188.8.131.52; 184.108.40.206; 220.127.116.11), Antpool (18.104.22.168; 22.214.171.124), BTC.com (126.96.36.199) and Bitcoin.com (188.8.131.52) became unreachable in Russia, according to Is It Blocked In Russia service.
Some of these addresses were blocked in accordance with watchdog’s 27−31−2018/Ид2971−18 decision made on 16.04.2018, and others with 27−31−2015/Ид4082−15 decision made on 04.12.2015.
Earlier, Roskomnadzor published a new version of the by-law regulating the fight against block bypass, including through VPN service and IP anonymizers.
According to this document, court decision on the case of an administrative offence is also considered a basis for adding a site to the blacklist.
On April 16, the watchdog started to block hundreds of thousands IP-addresses that could be used by Telegram. 16 million IP addresses from Google and Amazon hosting providers appeared in the list, leading to other service failures.
By Jade Olafson