Zone-H banned by some Indian ISPs: some workarounds

20/07/2011 Written by Kevin Fernandez (Siegfried)

As some of you prob­a­bly know, Zone-​H has been banned from some indian ISPs fol­low­ing the E2-​labs scan­dals and a law­suit from E2labs and Zaki Qureshey in an indian court, who claimed our doc­u­ments and arti­cles were defam­a­tory (great joke!).

Zone-​H was unable to defend itself as we didn’t receive any noti­fi­ca­tion from the court. What is even fun­nier (scarier?), is that blog​gernews​.net has also been banned… for writ­ing about the case!

Check out their articles:

http://​www​.blog​gernews​.net/​1​24029

http://​www​.blog​gernews​.net/​1​24890

http://​www​.blog​gernews​.net/​1​26528

http://​www​.blog​gernews​.net/​1​26831


There is a great arti­cle on the Wall Street Jour­nal about these deci­sions from Indian courts that directly attack free speech:

http://​online​.wsj​.com/​a​r​t​i​c​l​e​/​S​B​1​0​0​0​1​4​2​4​0​5​2​7​4​8​7​0​4​3​9​6​9​0​4​5​7​6​2​2​6​4​6​0​1​6​7​5​5​3​1​7​4​.html


Any­way this news is for those indian vis­i­tors that can­not con­nect to Zone-​H. You should know that the block is on the DNS of each ISP, this is why some vis­i­tors can visit Zone-​H and some cannot.

There are some workarounds, but first be sure that all Zone-​H domains are banned by your ISP: www​.zone​-​h​.org www​.zone​-​h​.net www​.zone​-​h​.com

The first workaround is to use a dif­fer­ent DNS ser­vice, such as the Google DNS:

8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4


Sec­ond workaround: Use Tor, which also prox­ies DNS requests.


Another workaround is to use another Zone-​H domain, we will try to make var­i­ous DNS entries point­ing to Zone-​H. Just lookup the Zone-​H IP and point a domain to it!


The unof­fi­cial domains:

http://​www​.zoneh​.us​.to

http://​zh​.ignorelist​.com

http://​zone​-​h​.hacked​.jp


If you cre­ate other unof­fi­cial domains, you can send them to us!


And if you want to read the whole e2labs saga, here’s the full list:

Zone-​H state­ment on secu­rity train­ings offered by E2​-labs​.com

More on the E2-​Labs scam

Answer to E2-lab’s web­site post

E2-​labs, the long last­ing saga

Skele­tons in Hyderabad’s cyber-​closet — PART ONE?

Case study: are tra­di­tional finan­cial fraud schemes applic­a­ble to the Indian IT edu­ca­tional market?

BREAK­ING NEWS: India’s mourn­ing its Cyber Crime Squad members

Skele­tons in Hyderabad’s cyber-​closet — PART TWO

EXCLU­SIVE VIDEO: Zaki Qureshey boast­ing hav­ing helped Kuwait US Embassy to hack Iraqi networks

Crypto mes­sage for E2-​Labs

E2-​labs’ project Ethan dis­sected. Anatomy of a fran­chise pro­posal based on non-​existing partnerships


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