updated 06:14 am EDT, Mon March 31, 2014
Interception of Turkish traffic to Google DNS could be continued censorship attempt
Google's Public DNS service is being intercepted by Internet service providers in Turkey, the company has alleged. Servers have apparently been set up by each ISP to "masquerade as Google's DNS service," in what could be considered an attempt by those responsible to monitor or censor critics of the country's government while elections are underway.
Earlier this month, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" Twitter, after allegations of government corruption surfaced and spread across the service. After the government blocked Twitter, users in the country started to spread details of Google's DNS service as an alternative to those run by ISPs, in an attempt to avoid the ban, though this apparently prompted the temporary blockage of the IP addresses. Later, the country's telecommunications regulator blocked access to YouTube for similar reasons.
Google claims it has "received several credible reports" and confirmed with its own research that the DNS service it operates is altered in the country at the ISP level. Google analogized the situation as if someone replaced a user's phone book but had changed the listings for some people to point to another incorrect number, to prevent future contact. Google does not directly point the blame at any individual organization, instead opting to state it is occurring.