[Update below.] Janglo reports: Target has made a calculated decision to block Israeli users from accessing their website, target.com.
The American discount retail giant told a Janglo user in an email that “Target.com has made the conscious decision to block IP addresses originating from Israel.”
Janglo user Jennifer Bayer was frustrated that every time she tried to access target.com, she got an “Access Denied” message. After her friends confirmed that they were having the same problem, she contacted Target directly for an answer.
The company responded:
“Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and I hope you’ll accept my most sincere apologies for the troubles you’ve been through. I also truly appreciate your loyalty to Target and I want to do everything I can to help.
The reason you’re unable to place orders on Target.com from Israel is to ensure the data security of all our guests. Target.com has made the conscious decision to block IP addresses originating from Israel, as it is one of the top 5 countries from which malicious attacks against our website originate.
Although you can’t access the site from Israel, our team is more than happy to help you place a domestic order over the phone. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at your convenience, our Target.com is available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. To place an order on Target.com you can call 1(800) 591-3869.”
Update: The site is now available to Israelis again and they are now offering a special discount code to Israelis.