Unveiling Top Networks Hosting Gambling Sites: The Philippine Government’s Firm Laudable Stance Against Online Gambling

Wilson Chua
2 min readAug 18, 2023

The rapid proliferation of online gambling has ignited concerns on a global scale, prompting governments to address its impact and prevalence. The same concerns hold true in the Philippines as well.

A recent analysis of top networks hosting gambling sites contained in the NTC blacklist provides a clearer picture of this digital landscape. Here is the list of hosting providers that serve gambling sites, with the number of times their IP address was used:

Based on NTC Gambling Blocklist as of Aug 17, 2023

The Surge of Online Gambling Networks

Recent analysis has unmasked the principal networks responsible for hosting a significant proportion of these gambling sites. These networks often transcend geographical boundaries, intricately weaving a complex digital tapestry that caters to a global community of gamblers.

This analysis shows two things:

  1. Just “coordinating” the restrictions with only 3 major players: Amazon, CloudFlare and Microsoft will cover over 90% of all the identified gambling sites. This is way more efficient than asking ISPs in the Philippines to block these sites — since, not all ISPs have facilities capable of carrying out the NTC mandated blocks.
  2. All of the gambling sites are foreign based.

The Philippine Government’s laudable Stand Against Online Gambling

The Philippine Government through the National Telecoms Commission has adopted a firm stance to counter these activities. As hinted above, the NTC has provided a Blacklist for ISPs and Network operators to block.

Initially, the list contained less than a 100 sites. And now, their vigilance has resulted in the list expanding to over 570 sites as of Aug 17, 2023. And as the list is expected to grow more, here are some suggestions to make life easier for ISPs (like me) :

  1. Put the emails in the BCC instead of cc field. This will comply with Data privacy measures
  2. Attach the list of Gambling sites in csv format. This makes life easier by not having to retype and introduce typing errors into the fray.
  3. Provide IP addresses that these hostnames resolve to. This enables ISPs, PisoNet and Wifi Operators with simpler firewalls to block using IP addresses. Again, not all ISPs have webfilters that can block based on hostnames.
  4. Better to talk to the top 3 gambling hosting providers to find workable solutions to help block online gambling in the Philippines.
  5. If #4 fails, NTC can work with the cable landing stations and block the gambling sites from entering the country!

As the battle against online gambling networks endures, the world watches attentively to gauge the effectiveness of these measures and their potential to reshape the trajectory of online gambling regulations. As always, please share your thoughts. I enjoy learning from my readers!

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