“China today denied US allegations that it “hijacked” highly sensitive internet traffic – including emails sent to and from US military websites – earlier this year.
A state-owned telecoms company in China had access to 15% of global internet traffic, including confidential emails from Nasa and the US army, for 18 minutes in April, according to an annual security report delivered to the US congress on Wednesday.”
From The Guardian
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“An annual report to Congress touched off a round of speculation Wednesday about the motives of a small Chinese Internet service provider that briefly rerouted as much as 15 percent of the world’s Web traffic on two occasions last spring.
The report, by the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, noted that the service provider, IDC China Telecommunication, broadcast inaccurate Web traffic routes for about 18 minutes on April 8. That information was then retransmitted by China’s state-owned China Telecommunications, effectively forcing data from the United States and other countries to pass through Chinese computer servers. A similar episode in March drew less attention.”
From The New York Times
“Google is urging western governments to challenge internet censorship in countries such as China, saying the economic implications of stifled trade will become more grave if nothing is done.
‘More than 40 governments now engage in broad-scale restriction of online information, a tenfold increase from just a decade ago,’ the US-based technology giant warns in a policy brief on internet trade restrictions published yesterday.
The warning follows an embattled 12 months in China, where Google has had to comply with state censorship rules or risk being kicked out of the world’s most populous internet market. Google yesterday denied its policy brief was sparked by developments in China, where the company lags some way behind the native Baidu in the search market, but said the country’s government was capable of ‘arbitrary and capricious behaviour’ in its dealings with internet companies.”
From The Guardian
“Day-to-day censorship in China falls into two categories. The government’s propaganda authorities supervise websites that are legally licensed to carry news, while those without a license are dealt with by the public security authorities and the internet police. Unlicensed websites that are considered particularly influential may also be overseen by propaganda officials.”
From Index on Censorship
“With news media across the globe reacting to this year’s Nobel Peace Prize announcement, authorities in the winner’s homeland are racing to delete his name from all public domains.
Type “Liu Xiaobo” — or “Nobel Peace Prize,” for that matter — in search engines in China and hit return, you get a blaring error page.
It’s the same for the country’s increasingly popular micro-blogging sites. “Nobel Prize” was the top-trending topic until the authorities acted to remove all mentions of the award.
Propaganda officials have also pulled the plug on international broadcasters — including CNN — whenever stories about Liu air.”
Cyber espionage is not solely in the interest of national military security. As the Globe and Mail’s Peter Apps writes, there is an increasing trend of state-based cyber espionage for commercial interests. Security experts say that many Western enterprises have experienced economic shortfall as a result of electronic surveillance conducted by states seeking to bolster the profit of their nationally-aligned corporations. The article points the finger at developing nations with rapidly emerging economies: such as Russia and China.
But it’s not the first time that states have interfered with the affairs of companies outside of their own jurisdiction. In the realm of cyber espionage, states have involved themselves in the affairs of foreign companies for some time. Examples include allegations of China’s involvement in cyber attacks against Google Inc., and India’s request to Canadian-owned Research in Motion to encrypt the Blackberry. Though the work does not feature any input or research from the Citizen Lab, it includes a photograph of Citizen Lab staff.
From The Globe and Mail
“Xinhua, China’s official news agency, and China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, are setting up a mobile search company together, the two state groups said on Thursday.
The move comes amid upheaval in the Chinese online search market as other players attempt to grab market share following Google’s partial exit from the market earlier this year in a dispute with the government over censorship.
However, the joint venture’s political significance is expected to far outweigh its commercial impact.
“The co-operation is an important move to serve the … party and the state, thoroughly protect the national interest, safeguard China’s information security, strengthen the establishment of a public opinion front in the new media, and broaden the domestic and overseas propaganda influence and the public opinion guidance capability of the Chinese mainstream media,” said Zhou Xisheng, Xinhua’s deputy publisher, according to the news agency’s report.”
From The Financial Times
“BEIJING–A Google question-and-answer page for Chinese users was inaccessible from mainland China on Tuesday less than a month after the search giant’s Internet license was renewed amid a dispute over online censorship.
The company found no technical problems with the Hong Kong-based service, a Google spokewoman, Courtney Hohne, said in an e-mail. Phone calls to China’s Internet regulator, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, were not answered and the agency did not respond to questions sent by fax.
Beijing encourages Web use for education and business but tries to block material deemed subversive and closely watches sites where China’s public can leave comments. ”
“Chinese authorities in Tibet have ordered Internet cafes across the region to finish installing state-of-the-art surveillance systems by the end of the month.
“If there is something that is being controlled, there’s no way anyone will get to see it. It’s definitely a tighter form of control,” says a proprietor of an Internet cafe in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.
Under the nationwide scheme, which took effect Aug. 1, second-generation identity cards belonging to the person using the Internet must be swiped to allow online access. Viewed content can then be traced back to that identity, using the the surveillance system.
“There has to be a question mark over why the government is installing such a surveillance system in Tibet right now,” Zhang said. “The Chinese Communist Party has always used cleaning up pornography as an excuse.”
From Eurasia Review
“As of this writing, numerous major American and European news outlets are reporting that Google is blocked in China, based on the information appearing on Google’s Mainland China service availability page.
However no journalist has actually confirmed with a human being at Google that this information is correct. What’s more, I’ve heard from several dozen people all over China who say that Google isn’t blocked for them when they access it on their Internet connections from Beijing to Shanghai to Sichuan to Hunan.
I have yet to hear from a single person who can’t access Google search in Mainland China. I am collecting people’s responses via Twitter here. Also see the #googlecn tag. For a sampling see here, here, here, here, and here.
The most insane part of this whole non-story is that Google’s stock fell 1.4 percent and Baidu’s stock rose 3.5 percent. What’s even funnier are all the financial analysts who commented to Reuters about the block…funny that is if you don’t own Google stock…”