Google, in a blog this Saturday, said that the Turkish government is intercepting their Domain Name System servers (DNS). Government recently blocked access to the micro blogging website, Twitter, and video sharing website, YouTube, and the act has been assumed as an attempt to deny any access to the websites.
Google in the blog post said, ” 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).”
Domain Name System is a naming system for computers connected to the network, it provides an address for the website requested. Google said, “Imagine if someone had changed out your phone book with another one, which looks pretty much the same as before, except that the listings for a few people showed the wrong phone number. That’s essentially what’s happened: Turkish ISPs have set up servers that masquerade as Google’s DNS service,”
It has been done to stop citizens from visiting the blocked websites or may be it was for spying on the users’ Internet activity. After YouTube and Twitter, the government is also looking forward to block other social networking websites.
The same thing is being done by the National Security Agency. Former President, George W. Bush, after the 9/11 attacks, introduced these programs to track and avoid any terrorists attacks. NSA has been spying on the every Internet giant and has collected phone records of almost every American. It came in the day light when former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, leaked information about NSA plans to spy on the people. Snowden showed reports on how the NSA is spying on the Internet and collecting the meta-data.
Its not the just the case in U.S., every other country in this world has programs to spy and collect data.