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Re: Italy orders ISPs to block sites

  • From: Marco d'Itri
  • Date: Mon Mar 06 18:05:00 2006

On Mar 06, Rodney Joffe <[email protected]> wrote:

> It appears that Italy has ordered Italian ISPs to block access to a  
> number of Internet Gambling sites. It would be interesting to see how  
> the Italian ISPs are handling this, what with dynamic DNS and all  
> that...
So far, the method officially recommended by the government entity
involved with collecting the gambling fees has been to create fake
zones on the caching resolvers of the large consumer ISPs.

Operationally, I wonder how many ISPs will bother removing these zones
when the law will be repealed (because there is no chance that it will
stand before the european courts).

>From a more practical POV, it can be noted that the obvious methods
useful to bypass the "block" (using a random open proxy or just a random
open resolver) have been widely advertised on gambling forums even
before it was implemented.
Personally I do not believe that the government ever believed that this
would work, it's just a trick to add some extra future earnings to the
2006 budget law.