Privacy Email Account Provider ProtonMail is No Longer Accessible in Russia, Gets Blocked

ProtonMail is an email service provider with a focus on privacy and anonymity. As a result, it is an attractive service for many. The platform has a growing loyal customer base who opt for either the free or paid-for version of the service. On the other hand, the anonymity-approach also has those who are not fans.

For example, Russia. Interestingly enough, the country seems to have banned ProtonMail. The platform’s Russia-based users were unable to send and receive emails through the service. Further, all of the country’s internet providers have blocked access to the platform’s mail service. The practice of blocking in such a manner is called “BGP blackholing” and it entails ISPs to eliminate certain types of internet traffic.

The big question is what caused the blackholing. It could be because that several bomb threats were routed through ProtonMail. At this point, there is no clarity on when the ban will be lifted.

As for internet activists, they’re working to oppose the ban. ProtonMail’s alleged cooperation with the Russian government is making their efforts increasingly more challenging.


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