There was a rise in Internet users looking for YouTube’s DNS in early 2014 and this is apparently due to Turkey blocking the video sharing website along with Twitter. The spike took place over this past weekend with the YouTube DNS being blocked in a censorship move by the country, although they wouldn’t be the first government to try such methods that results in access problems for their people.
The messages received are a little different to the YouTube Http/1.1 service unavailable text some people receive when they have problems accessing the website, and instead end up being a DNS page displayed in different ways depending on your browser choice. It seems that Turkey would find the YouTube DNS first, then block this at ISP level for the entire country.
Are you having problems with YouTube today? If so, is this a DNS issue and are you from Turkey? It is worth noting you might be redirected if living in this part of the world.
You can read a short blog post by Google that claims the YouTube DNS had been “intercepted by most Turkish ISPs”. They explain exactly what this means, and this is very useful to those of you with little web/computer knowledge.
In a nutshell, it would be like Turkey changing the numbers in a phone book. By going to YouTube.com or one of the other domain extensions, then being redirected to somewhere completely different thanks to the YouTube DNS being hacked.
Product Reviews readers should understand this claim follows research done by Google, and of course mainstream media is reporting claims of a campaign by the Turkish government that aims to block services like YouTube and Twitter.
This caused a number of computer users to hunt the YouTube DNS for 2014, in an effort to fix the problem and access the website once again.