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Why is Freerepublic.com blocked @ some US Military Installations?!
27 June 2011 | US Navy Vet

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

XX. XXXXXXX:

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.

Thank you,


TOPICS: Government; Technical
KEYWORDS: fr; freerepublic; usgovernment; usmilitary
Interesting, censorship perhaps?!
1 posted on 06/27/2011 2:27:12 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

The nerd(s) in charge of the firewall configuration are leftist twits?


2 posted on 06/27/2011 2:29:33 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: US Navy Vet
..serving as an intermediary to domains hosting malicious software.

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.

3 posted on 06/27/2011 2:29:57 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


4 posted on 06/27/2011 2:30:46 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Spruce

“The nerd(s) in charge of the firewall configuration are leftist twits”?

...bingo!


5 posted on 06/27/2011 2:31:16 PM PDT by albie
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To: US Navy Vet

Are the DUmmies blocked, too?


6 posted on 06/27/2011 2:31:22 PM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: US Navy Vet

because this site has no kiddie porn?


7 posted on 06/27/2011 2:32:06 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


8 posted on 06/27/2011 2:32:06 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: US Navy Vet
..serving as an intermediary to domains hosting malicious software.

Must be the DUFU threads.

9 posted on 06/27/2011 2:32:36 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Navy Marine Corps Internet (NMCI) doesn’t block FR.


10 posted on 06/27/2011 2:34:03 PM PDT by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: US Navy Vet; Jim Robinson; John Robinson; All
Hey, Jim...
Ya might wanna take a look at this......
FR supports our military.......
I'm pretty sure there ain't no malicious code either.....
11 posted on 06/27/2011 2:35:13 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: US Navy Vet
I've never gotten any malware from FR.
12 posted on 06/27/2011 2:35:25 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: The Working Man
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.

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.

13 posted on 06/27/2011 2:35:59 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Years ago when I worked for the Army FR was blocked as “firearms/criminal enterprise”...


14 posted on 06/27/2011 2:37:50 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Free Republic is completely against the indoctrination of homo’s into our armed forces.

Perhaps this is a reason?


15 posted on 06/27/2011 2:38:52 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: US Navy Vet

Because Freerepublic.com is not the Huffington Post or the like. /s =.=


16 posted on 06/27/2011 2:39:05 PM PDT by cranked
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To: US Navy Vet

Because biological and chemical warfare is posted on the weekly Gardening Thread.


17 posted on 06/27/2011 2:41:02 PM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Free Republic is completely against the indoctrination of homo’s into our armed forces.

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...

18 posted on 06/27/2011 2:41:09 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Very interesting that a site that did not exist could be blocked.


19 posted on 06/27/2011 2:41:37 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: US Navy Vet
I've never had a problem accessing FR from military bases overseas, except for very briefly in '07 when Bill O'Reilly made a bunch of noise about FR being racist.

The DoD blocked access for a day or two, but enough of us requested explanations that they restored it.

20 posted on 06/27/2011 2:43:16 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: US Navy Vet
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.

Posting photos of Helen Thomas has been known to break a few hard drives.

21 posted on 06/27/2011 2:43:25 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: US Navy Vet; mnehring
... 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. ...

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.

22 posted on 06/27/2011 2:45:56 PM PDT by ken in texas (Can't Afford a Tagline... send money.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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.


23 posted on 06/27/2011 2:46:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: wastoute

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?


24 posted on 06/27/2011 2:46:51 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Spruce

How did you guess?


25 posted on 06/27/2011 2:47:20 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: oneamericanvoice

Iguess this musthave beenback at first, ‘99 or ‘00.


26 posted on 06/27/2011 2:50:49 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Recently I renewed my Kaspersky internet security. I can access FR, but when I attempt to post a comment, I get this message:

Kaspersky
Internet Security 2011
Access denied
The requested URL cannot be provided

URL:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/
2740421/posts?page=35
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.


27 posted on 06/27/2011 2:51:15 PM PDT by toldyou (Even if the voices aren't real they have some pretty good ideas.)
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


28 posted on 06/27/2011 2:51:38 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


29 posted on 06/27/2011 3:02:08 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: US Navy Vet

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!!!!!


30 posted on 06/27/2011 3:03:32 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Cyman

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.


31 posted on 06/27/2011 3:08:45 PM PDT by dila813
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To: US Navy Vet

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.


32 posted on 06/27/2011 3:15:44 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

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.


33 posted on 06/27/2011 3:28:48 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: US Navy Vet

Ahhhh — hmmmmm — errrrr — could it be because OBOZO is Community Organizer-N- Thief?


34 posted on 06/27/2011 3:29:09 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Ahhhh — hmmmmm — errrrr — could it be because OBOZO is Community Organizer-N- Thief?


35 posted on 06/27/2011 3:29:15 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (The 2012 election is coming. Seems we have MORE TRASH TO REMOVE!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Very interesting that a site that did not exist could be blocked.

Actually I meant 2005.

36 posted on 06/27/2011 3:32:04 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: factoryrat

One should not be trying to access FR while on the job.


37 posted on 06/27/2011 3:40:46 PM PDT by tirednvirginia
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To: mnehring
But, oddly enough, you can go the IRS web page from military network computers.

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.

38 posted on 06/27/2011 3:43:36 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: Spruce

>>...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!”


39 posted on 06/27/2011 4:06:55 PM PDT by jaydee770
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To: Responsibility2nd

Complaint? Like 0bama’s ROE?

http://icasualties.org/OEF/Index.aspx

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?

Gee.


40 posted on 06/27/2011 4:15:04 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: tirednvirginia
One should not be trying to access FR while on the job.

Lunch at my desk is MY time to do with as I please.

41 posted on 06/27/2011 4:22:21 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: US Navy Vet

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.

Cheers,
OLA


42 posted on 06/27/2011 4:32:17 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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To: US Navy Vet

It is an effort to control the flow of classified materials.


43 posted on 06/27/2011 4:48:48 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Fiddlstix

Yeah, we had a term for this kind of crap in the Navy: FUBAR. (FReeped up beyond all repair).


44 posted on 06/27/2011 6:01:26 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

An apt term. That’s for sure.


45 posted on 06/27/2011 6:11:47 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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