Dear Yelp, 1989 called and they want their Prince back

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I’ve been traveling to the bay area for work lately, so I decided to use Yelp.com to find me some delicious food. I open Google Chrome and type in “yelp.com” and here is what I get:

Prince of Persia... circa 1989

Somebody at Yelp.com IT has a sense of humour.

So at first I was like “HELL YEA THIS IS AWESOME”, but I tried to go to Yelp.com again and I got the same message. Huh. Ok.

I try to type in the IP address in the address bar.

Uh oh.

Uhm. Okay. I notice earlier that it said “Blocked IP: 209.116.48.3” and do a reverse DNS lookup:

The Internet is so creepy

I am guessing XO Communications could be a host provider judging by their website (which I can access). Perhaps the block of IP addresses originating from the hotel’s network ┬áis on some blacklist?

So I did a trace route of the IP address and Yelp.com (which would probably giveaway my location, but this is for science!):

WTF YELP

This is getting stranger and stranger

And nothing still.

This is as far as I got, but seriously though. I want to go to Yelp.com.

Even more importantly, how would I go about answering the question below:

Is there anything which could explain suspicious activity from your connection?

Any ideas?