Skip to comments.Why is Freerepublic.com blocked @ some US Military Installations?!
Posted on 06/27/2011 2:27:05 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
I got this e-mail for where I work regarding Blocking of Freerepublic: From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 8:14 AM To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Subject: Freerepublic.com
As per our telephone conversation, I cannot provide access to Freerepublic.com. One of analysis tools we utilize to perform checks of sites indicated FR had been or is currently hosting malicious software or serving as an intermediary to domains hosting malicious software. As I stated on the telephone, this does not mean the site is currently hosting anything malicious or serving as an intermediary for malicious sites; rather, it has done so in the past.
The nerd(s) in charge of the firewall configuration are leftist twits?
This part kicks a lot of sites out of workplaces via firewall. Simply put, all links out of a site are scanned and if they link to a site that has malware on it, bam, it goes on a block list. Every link someone adds to this site increases the chance of that. I'm thinking, for example, about all the Examiner.com blog links. That site is so full of malware and tracking software it isn't even funny.
If it’s been related to malware, sometimes those are blocked IP address range, which invariably catches innocent sites at the same hosting service. Otherwise, many products block sites that contain blogs or discussion groups.
“The nerd(s) in charge of the firewall configuration are leftist twits”?
Are the DUmmies blocked, too?
because this site has no kiddie porn?
When I was a contractor to the Air Force they simply said that the site had chat or bulletin board posting capabilities and was therefore a restricted site.
Must be the DUFU threads.
Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) doesn’t block FR.
I'm currently an Air Force contractor and I recall it being blocked for a very brief period of time back around 1995 or so, then allowed to return without posting capabilities. Now, at least where I work, there are both reading and posting access. It's hard to see why they would block it now, given the wide-open access to YouTube and social networking sites.
Years ago when I worked for the Army FR was blocked as “firearms/criminal enterprise”...
Free Republic is completely against the indoctrination of homo’s into our armed forces.
Perhaps this is a reason?
Because Freerepublic.com is not the Huffington Post or the like. /s =.=
Because biological and chemical warfare is posted on the weekly Gardening Thread.
It's also sometimes fairly emphatic in its criticism of the Commander in Chief and the First Lady. I know it doesn't happen that often, but...
Very interesting that a site that did not exist could be blocked.
The DoD blocked access for a day or two, but enough of us requested explanations that they restored it.
Posting photos of Helen Thomas has been known to break a few hard drives.
That's the most logical explanation. There's nothing on FR itself that could be considered malware or "dangerous". If someone on FR posts a link to another site that is considered questionable, FR might get blocked.
I don't yet see any evidence of a grand conspiracy here, although I'm willing to be corrected.
It’s also sometimes fairly emphatic in its criticism of the Commander in Chief and the First Lady. I know it doesn’t happen that often, but...
Yeah. I don’t think that’s happened in the last....um, 15 seconds. Let me remedy that.
Our commander in cheap and his big-armed wife have done more to destroy the integrity of our armed forces than any other leader in history. And any General or Admiral that supports Obozo’s attempts to demoralize our military should be tried as traitors.
There. That’s better.
Jim would have had a lawsuit for defamation. There is nothing criminal ever on this site, nor was there. What years were you with the Army?
How did you guess?
Iguess this musthave beenback at first, ‘99 or ‘00.
Recently I renewed my Kaspersky internet security. I can access FR, but when I attempt to post a comment, I get this message:
Internet Security 2011
The requested URL cannot be provided
Blocked by Parental Control
Reason: Heuristic analysis (drugs, violence)
Click here if you think the web page has been blocked incorrectly.
It is soooo frustrating. I tried to disable this “Parental Control” and failed. I plan to contact Kaspersky and hopefully get the problem fixed. I have used them for several years and never had this happen before.
Now when I click to “Post” this, I will have to go through the same thing.
I have gotten malware off of links on Drudgereport.com, FR is no different. Its an intermediary that links to the unknown. I am glad the Navy is smart enough to protect its computer systems.
FR seemed to have a virus for a couple of weeks. That might be the reason for the blocking.
It was bad coding, I think.
On the thread pages, just below the article and before the comments, was a link to youtube videos.
On my IE-based browser the coding for that youtube link caused multiple IE windows to open. This did not happen with Firefox.
I noticed in the IE-based browser that multiple different youtube codes would appear. The coding was causing IE to try to load youtube videos with each new link being in a new pop-up.
It acted like a virus, but the problem has stopped. Apparently JohnRob did some recoding and removed the youtube section when the server was down a few days ago.
So far I have had 4-5 friends that have been affected logging on here at FreeRepublic. They found that they now go to FreeRepublic for their news instead of CNN, they question anything written by a liberal on their computer websites , they no longer believe in global warming and refuse to believe anything coming from the MSM. Darn, that virus is nasty!!!!!
It is a pain, you can bet that this is bs.
Just tell them that we host a huge community of ex-military and we use the site to support you and the troops.
If their firewall or software is set up to block blogs, social networking site, or activist sites, you won’t get access to FR. Happened at the last place I worked at, all because some people spent way too much time on facebook at work, on the company computer, when they were supposed to be working.
Interesting, when I left in 2009 FreeRepublic.com was definitely a blocked site. And you may laugh at this one. NASA.GOV was also blocked. If you needed to go there you had to have a authorization given to you by Space Command and my own company.
Ahhhh — hmmmmm — errrrr — could it be because OBOZO is Community Organizer-N- Thief?
Ahhhh — hmmmmm — errrrr — could it be because OBOZO is Community Organizer-N- Thief?
Actually I meant 2005.
One should not be trying to access FR while on the job.
Every time I go to the IRS page to get some forms, my firewall and anti-malware software goes nuts. Almost shut down my old computer it was so persistent.
>>...The nerd(s) in charge of the firewall configuration are leftist twits?...<<
Not very likely. Think of it like a forum participant who displays a pattern of abusive/troll posts on freerepublic.com. They get banned sometimes.
More likely, IA/STIGs/etc are famously set to “one-strike-and-you’re-out” sensitive. Something on freerepublic.com probably ran afoul of the content/malware filter rules on one, single instance and *BAM*, the site was added to a blacklist.
I had a software vendor’s support-page that popped the IA “not authorized” error page (no idea why). I had to fill out a form and state the justification for accessing that page and they allowed it the next day. I don’t know if the reason for the initial block was the same - but I’m fairly certain the “business need” for the access is likely different from reaching freerepublic.com. Point being, if a site is blocked, I know they can be un-blocked. I just don’t know how much success you will have getting freerepublic off the blacklist.
Perhaps some imaginative freeper can suggest a unarguable “need” that the Information Assurance folks will accept?
And to be clear, I get frustrated with the IA folks on almost every project I’m engaged on. Different IA shops seem to interpret STIGs, etc differently. The Navy is particularly famous for nit-picking & requiring more hoop-jumping than all other branches combined (my opinion). I think they should adopt the motto, “Information Assurance: We’re working *HARD* to make sure you can’t!”
Complaint? Like 0bama’s ROE?
You mean the DoD and its agencies don’t want its employees to know that under 0BAMA, MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN/AS A RESULT OF HOSTILITIES IN THE ME?
Lunch at my desk is MY time to do with as I please.
Greetings US Navy Vet:
In 2005, while TAD at an USAF facility, I was surprised to find FR was blocked when using USAF browsers. So was DU. USCG, on the other hand, did not block either FR or DU.
It is an effort to control the flow of classified materials.
Yeah, we had a term for this kind of crap in the Navy: FUBAR. (FReeped up beyond all repair).
An apt term. That’s for sure.