NATting a whole country?

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at
Thu Jan 4 05:41:04 UTC 2007

On Wed, 3 Jan 2007, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

> According to
> all of Qatar appears on the net as a single IP address.  I don't know
> if it's NAT or a proxy that you need to use to get out to the world,
> but whatever the exact cause, it had a predictable consequence -- the
> entire country was barred from editing Wikipedia, due to abuse by
> (presumably) a few people.

I think I read at Wikipedia that this is their proxy-servers IP address 
(or proxy server farm probably).

Also, the only thing that was stopped was anonymous editing, editing after 
login and anonymous reading wasn't stopped.

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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