Google Reports That Their DNS Service Has Been ‘Intercepted By Most Turkish ISPs’ For Spying

If you're looking to get Google all sorts of fired up, here's a surefire way to do it: start screwing with its DNS servers. Turkey has been in the spotlight of late due to its anti-freedom of speech moves of late, starting with a nationwide blocking of Twitter followed by a similar approach to YouTube. Political shots are to blame, as you could probably guess, but many had turned to Google's own DNS servers in order to bypass the various blocks. Which was working great... for a time.

Now, Google itself has published a blog saying the following: "We have received several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that Google’s Domain Name System (DNS) service has been intercepted by most Turkish ISPs (Internet Service Providers).

A DNS server tells your computer the address of a server it’s looking for, in the same way that you might look up a phone number in a phone book. Google operates DNS servers because we believe that you should be able to quickly and securely make your way to whatever host you’re looking for, be it YouTube, Twitter, or any other.

Yikes. According to Google, Turkish ISPs "have set up servers that masquerade as Google's DNS servers," which is a huge no-no on a number of levels. Google hasn't proclaimed any sort of action -- for now, it's just posting this information as an "FYI" notice. It'll be interesting to see what comes of this, but hopefully, Turkey regains its senses and releases the blocks before anything more serious occurs.