Google’s DNS service intercepted by Turkey to spy on users
A few days after Turkey Court ordered that users be allowed to visit Twitter in Turkey following the ban by the Prime Minister, YouTube was adamantly blocked in the country. The bans that involve popular websites are geared towards blocking access to corruption scandal recordings that leaked over a week ago prompting protests on social media regarding the credibility of the Turkish government as elections neared.
Following the bans, Turkish citizens have been evading the ban and accessing Twitter and YouTube by connecting to Google’s Domain Name Service. Google has today reported that most Turkish internet providers have intercepted Google’s DNS and are attempting to spy on users. This comes amid earlier reports that Turkey had tried to block Google’s DNS altogether.
We have received several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that Google’s Domain Name System (DNS) service has been intercepted by most Turkish ISPs (Internet Service Providers). – Google said today in a blog post.
Recordings showed Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan telling his son to dispose off huge sums of cash therefore implicating him in one of the biggest scandals involving Turkey’s government. Videos of the recording were posted on YouTube and as the story became more intense on Twitter, the Prime Minister threatened to eradicate Twitter, a threat which he went ahead to fulfil. Recep Erdoğan questioned the authenticity of the recordings saying that it was the work of his rival Fethullah Gulen. He has worked hard to stop the recordings from spreading ahead of the Turkey elections that took place on Sunday in which he took an early lead.