Economic cyberwar, cont.

0 is continuing its Internet offensive against the “parallel dollar”, with the shutdown of more than 100 sites related to the black market.

But looks like they decided to take the ongoing crackdown one step further.

Enter URL shortening service Bitly.

Apparently, it was used as a possible shortcut for those websites. So, the obvious response to this would be identifying those cases through a meticulous and swift investigation, right?

No, que va… instead, access to Bitly in Venezuela has been severly blocked. Even for those links which are not involved in any illegal activities. Pagan justos por pecadores.

And there’s more… CONATEL also wants Twitter to actually do the bidding for them.

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  1. Good thing there are constitutional protections on freedom of expression and excellent independent courts to back them up. Oops, I had a bourgeois parasite moment…my mistake.

  2. Well, actually, not per se, I can access shortened URLs with this service, EXCEPT the dreaded dollartoday


    Switch to an anonimizer proxy, then, now it enters on dolartoday, be it with or directly (both cases using a proxy)

    • yes they can and a lot more. They capabilities are off the shelf. Not sure where they are on this but they can mimic the NSA locally to a degree

    • No they wont. They will filter block but the net is more valuable to them than oppo because of the vast trove of info and intel available. They are behind the curve in capabilties but should be investing in these areas if they are wise. For example, Saudi Arabia was the first to filter all inbound and outbound traffic from the Kingdom (there’s an exempt list) and this was years ago.

  3. is still working. They may have deleted the DNS records on Venezuelan ISPs . You just need to change your preferred DNS server. I like to use Google’s public DNS. As for DolarToday. I happily check the DT rate several times a day, no proxies or anonymizers, on their main website.

    This is so stupid. They’re gonna have to block access to every Colombian newspaper that shows the Bolivar Buy/Sale rate.

  4. Wait till next year. Weather reports are official statements. When the weather service announces good weather, Anyone contradicting that statement is subverting the government and committing economic sabotage. So reporting that it is raining will be a criminal act.

  5. Before the net gets darker in Venezuela, some advice:

    In my experience, the easiest way to bypass traffic censorship and monitoring is Tor Browser Bundle, a browser based on Firefox that tunnels your traffic (a must-have tool in any state police). It’s very simple to use (not much setup) and offers strong protection and anonimity. It doesn’t cost a dime.

    Another alternative are VPN services, they also encrypt traffic and can reduce the risk the connection being monitored, though they require some setup. Some are paid, some are “freemium”.

    Connecting through foreign proxies might be another alternative, it doesn’t encrypt your traffic but it does allow you to bypass content filtering. It requires some setup.

    A simple solution, for simple problems is using Google Public DNS instead of your ISP DNS service. It requires minimal setup. It offers no encryption and only works if the censoring is done exclusively at the DNS level.

    If you’re not a technical hands on person, go with tor browser bundle. Download, unzip and run.

  6. You can also access through FB. Just search for DolarToday and you can get the info there. They also have a link to connect you to the DT page.

  7. the biggest concern for the locals is privacy on the net. The regime is not going to bust up this valuable medium for they are ahead of the opposition using the net

  8. Quico, Bocaranda did a good job debunking the biggest story you missed: the Samsung-BRoV joint venture. This one went right over everybody’s head. Had this been true, Cupertino would have taken notice.

  9. From Aporrea:

    “A mediano plazo. Comunas de productores, en las tierras colectivizadas del valle de Quibor, cosechando. Comunas de transporte, con los camiones colectivos, trasladando el producto a centros de acopio comunales, adonde acuden a comprar los supermercados. Lo cual no impide que el gobierno comunal de Quibor, intercambie cebollas por las piñas que produce el gobierno comunal de Capacho Viejo.”

    Come down from the clouds!!!


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