Firechat's Amazon S3 instance got blocked in Russia

rysiek rysiek at
Fri Jan 9 13:49:16 PST 2015

Dnia wtorek, 30 grudnia 2014 19:21:08 Anton Nesterov pisze:
> So with IPs,,
>,,,, was
> blocked in Russia by order 27-27-2014/Ид4349-14 of General Prosecutor.
> That instance was used by Firechat to over-the-internet chats.
> Firechat became very popular in Russia in last days (it's got to the top
> of Apple's App Store) because of it's mesh-chat function and because of
> planned rallies in support of Alexei Navalny. Rally was planned on 15
> Jan, but as court yesterday decide to move the date of sentence to 30
> Dec, it happened today. Alexei Navalny got 3.5 years of suspended
> sentence, and his brother, Oleg, was jailed for 3.5 years.
> This is the first time when some service got blocked that way, before
> that there was only websites. It's not a big deal because of mesh chat.
> Both & wasn't blocked and still works,
> downloads from App Store & Google Play are fine too.
> Due to how ISPs block things (IP blocking mainly), Russian users also
> got a problems with many services which use S3.

Wait, I don't get it. Is it mesh or not? If it is, how can they block it by 
blocking a few IPs?

Michał "rysiek" Woźniak

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