Is BBC website being blocked by ISPs here?


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I tried to open bbc.com, bbc.co.uk in chrome and i get

This site can’t be reached
https://www.bbc.com/ is unreachable.

ERR_ADDRESS_UNREACHABLE
which is bs. So i checked downforeveryoneorjustme/bbc and it is up.

Did a traceroute and seems my local isp is getting internet from shitty Vodafone who is doing the dns resolution and blocking the website.
Code:
-desktop:~$ traceroute bbc.com
traceroute to bbc.com (151.101.64.81), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
 1  XiaoQiang (192.1xx.xx.x)  0.364 ms  0.370 ms  0.488 ms
 2  x-xxx-xxx-xxx.----------.com (103.xx.xx.x)  3.645 ms  3.676 ms  3.639 ms   --- my isp
 3  x-xxx-xxx-xxx.----------.com (103.xx.xx.x)  4.311 ms  4.385 ms *    --- my isp
 4  x-xxx-xxx-xxx.-----------.com (103.xx.xx.x)  4.915 ms  4.929 ms  4.875 ms   --- my isp
 5  122.15.135.134 (122.15.135.134)  11.336 ms  11.311 ms  11.321 ms ------> vodafone ip
 6  182.19.106.202 (182.19.106.202)  11.059 ms  11.047 ms  11.496 ms ------> vodafone ip
7  103.29.44.3 (103.29.44.3)  12.446 ms  11.391 ms  11.505 ms  ------> vodafone ip
 8  103.29.44.0 (103.29.44.0)  11.690 ms  13.283 ms  13.522 ms  ------> vodafone ip
 9  ae31-100-xcr1.mlu.cw.net (213.38.254.33)  116.109 ms  116.506 ms  116.472 ms -----> uk ip (probably cdn server)
10  * * *  -----> all timed out after this for some reason like just being dropped
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-desktop:~$
wtf. what's the use of blocking a news website? Is this a problem with vodafone only or on all ISPs?
 

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Do you get the same cdn server in traceroute?
If not, then maybe something wrong with that cdn.
 

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Fine on Airtel Noida. Did the tracert, all low pings and no vodafone
 

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Guess only my isp is doing such weird things. I installed a local dns server on my xubuntu pc and got it to send all dns requests over TLS - DoT for short to both Google and Cloudfare dns servers. Even my router wont know what dns queries are going out except to Cloudfare or google dns.

Now everything opens including Mega, BBC, etc. And pages load faster too.
 

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Just an update. Shitty Airtel does dpi and sends their DoT "This website has been banned" webpage faster than the real address. So even DoT does not work any more. There is some dns leak somewhere so unless I use vpn none of the banned websites will open now. I need some home vpn software that i can install on my pc and make it act like a transparent proxy that will encrypt everything and then send to my isp.
 

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Haven't you yet tried that GoodbyeDPI software from github? @6pack
It's windows only. One guy asked for Linux support and got put down saying the entire things would need to be re written. I was looking at the alternatives they linked for linux in the readme section.
 

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https://github.com/krlvm/PowerTunnel/wiki/Installation

This one works. The other ones were too complicated to install / setup. Too many things to do. I didn't want to go through modifying system files in those.

Just had to install java (i had just removed it last month :( )

Steps to bypass blocked sites.

1 - I started and stopped the server after making it's jar file executable.
2 - I added the 127.0.0.1 in ip settings as shown below. This was not mentioned in the wiki. For windows it is automatic but not for linux. Linux is different beast.
Update - apparently, we cannot put 127.0.0.1:8085. The : becomes a comma. So only put 127.0.0.1 in search domain.

ipsettings.png


3 - In the "government-blacklist.txt" text file, I added domain names of blocked websites - 1 per line. Then started the server. Example is of rutracker.org which is blocked normally without this proxy and working now.

rutraker-before.png


rutraker-after.png



Edit: We need to put "airtel.in/dot/" in an isp-stub.txt file too to make it work properly. Else, we get random error pages like above.
 
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