Blocked as per directions from Department of Telecommunications, India


Today one of our client’s website with DNS hosted at CloudFlare was showing “Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications , Government of India. Please contact the administrator for more information”

After switching off the CloudFlare proxy for the ‘@’ and ‘www’ records, it started working again.

Would that mean that the DOT has asked the ISPs to block CloudFlare’s IPs? (I hope not)

Has anybody else faced the same issue recently?

Not recently but unfortunately it’s common. Not only for India.

But i am a bit urprised that it starts working on :grey: records. This would indicate that they are not blocking on DNS level. Check your site of there’s anything on it which could be ‘harmful’ or illegal. What ever their definition of these things is.

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