Internet “turned off” in Turkmenistan for two days (updated)

In Turkmenistan, for two days (April 11-12), the Internet practically did not work. Such data was published by the Cloudflare Radar website . Now, judging by the data provided, traffic from the country has grown, but still remains unstable.

The “almost complete” blocking of the Internet is also reported by Turkmen news and Radio Azatlyk, citing their sources .

According to Azatlyk, almost all previously working paid VPN services have been blocked.

Turkmen news writes that it is not individual IP addresses that are blocked in Turkmenistan, but entire subnets. In this regard, the world's largest companies providing hosting services became unavailable in the country: Vultr, DigitalOcean, Hetzner, Microsoft Azure, Amazon, OVH, OneProvider.

In January, all previously working VPN and proxy servers, as well as many websites and Internet services, were blocked in Turkmenistan for one day.

According to the source of "Chronicles of Turkmenistan", the national mobile monopoly operator "Altyn Asyr" has introduced a list of allowed sites. That is, if earlier there was a list of blocked sites, then at that time all sites and online services that were not included in the list of allowed ones were blocked.

Over the past year, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has repeatedly raised concerns about "harmful Internet sources" distributing materials dangerous to the constitutional order, whose work has been ordered to be restricted in Turkmenistan.

On March 3, during a meeting of the Security Council, G. Berdimuhamedov instructed the security forces "to continue improving the norms and provisions of the Criminal Code with an emphasis on combating cybercrime, preventing illegal actions on the Internet and information systems."

Update. In a comment to the news on the Telegram channel, one of HT readers suggested that the reason for the failure could be the failure of the DNS servers of the Turkmen Internet provider. This could be due to testing of new features or new Internet traffic analysis (DPI) software used to detect VPN connections.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan