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Re: [tor-talk] Iranian users cannot download Orbot from Google play store
It seems I was wrong about the initial request for the apk being HTTPS,
however, this is a general issue with the Play Store and not Orbot specific
I believe. Here is the transaction in question.
User-Agent: AndroidDownloadManager/4.2.2 (Linux; U; Android 4.2.2;
HTTP/1.1 403 Access is forbidden.
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 06:19:05 GMT
Expires: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 06:19:05 GMT
Cache-Control: private, max-age=0
X-XSS-Protection: 1; mode=block
<TITLE>Access is forbidden.</TITLE>
<BODY BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" TEXT="#000000">
<H1>Access is forbidden.</H1>
By the way, this is what government blocking looks like (different from
<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;
" style="width: 100%; height: 100%" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0"
marginheight="0" frameborder="0" vspace="0"
I offered the people I knew at Google a shell, if there is any other Google
engineer that would be the proper person to connect with, feel free to put
them in touch.
On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 7:59 AM, Nathan Freitas <nathan@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Sherief Alaa <sheriefalaa.w@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >Over the past couple of days Iranian users have been complaining about
> >being able to download Orbot from Google's play store (error 403).
> >To solve the problem we at help desk send the official direct download
> >that GP provides but it's only a matter of time before that get
> >I think GP will need to provide more download options in the future to
> >avoid this problem.
> >: https://guardianproject.info/releases/orbot-latest.apk
> Just to point out something, it was only recently that Google Play was
> made available at all directly in Iran. The fact that users can find the
> app without filtering is a big step forward.
> We are working with Google and others to understand why the 403 error is
> happening, because the download should be using HTTPS.
> Otherwise, you can also find Orbot in the Amazon App Store and via
> Thanks for the note.
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