Posts tagged “China”

New IWM Report: Shadows in the Cloud

The Information Warfare Monitor/ (Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto and the SecDev Group, Ottawa) and the Shadowserver Foundation announce the release of Shadows in the Cloud: An investigation into cyber espionage 2.0.FULL REPORT. The report documents a complex ecosystem of cyber espionage that systematically targeted and compromised computer systems in… Read more »

Some Yahoo email accounts hacked in China, Taiwan

BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 (Reuters) – Yahoo email accounts of some journalists and activists whose work relates to China were compromised in an attack discovered this week, days after Google announced it would move its Chinese-language search services out of China due to censorship concerns.

Several journalists in China and Taiwan found they were unable to access their accounts beginning March 25, among them Kathleen McLaughlin, a freelance journalist in Beijing. Her access was restored on Wednesday, she told Reuters.

From Reuters

Google blames China’s ‘great firewall’ for outage

NEW YORK ( — Google’s search engine was down in China on Tuesday — a glitch the company initially said was due to its own technical tweaks, but now claims was caused by the Chinese government’s Internet filtering.

“Having looked into this issue in more detail, it’s clear we actually added this parameter a week ago,” Google spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said late Tuesday in an e-mailed statement, referring to a change Google made to its search engine coding. “So whatever happened today to block must have been as a result of a change in the ‘great firewall.'”

From CNN

China’s Top IT Enterpreneurs Call For Internet Special Zone (Updated)

China (Shenzhen) IT Leader Summit 2010, jointly hosted by Shenzhen Municipal Government and E-China Alliance will be held at Shenzhen Wuzhou Guest House on March 28 and over 80 leaders of the top corporations in China will participate, according to the press conference held by the host. Member of the Municipal Party Committee and Executive vice Mayor of Shenzhen, Xu Qin and Chairman of E-China Alliance, Wu Ying attended the Conference.

According to the introduction, the IT Summit this year will exceed that of last year on specifications, scale and highlights and over 80 influential and appealing CEOs of IT corporations, investors and relevant representatives of international association will participate. Currently, 36 guests including Chairman of Alibaba Group Ma Yun, Board Chairman of Tencent Ma Huateng, CEO of Baidu Li Yanhong, Board Chairman of Yaxin Group Ding Jian and President of TCL Li Dongsheng have been confirmed for participation and four of them will make a speech.

From China Digital Times

CNN: Google denies Youtube Outage Speculation

When Youtube went down for a few hours, many people speculated that it may be China seeking to punish Google for their recent actions. Ron Deibert suggests this is not likely the case, and that the Youtube outage is likely independent of any Chinese actions. He describes the consistent nature of the Great Firewall, in this story from CNN.

From CNN

Google Calls for Action on Web Limits

A top Google executive on Wednesday called for rules to put pressure on governments that filter the Internet, saying the practice was hindering international trade.

Alan Davidson, director of public policy for Google, told a joint Congressional panel that the United States should consider withholding development aid for countries that restrict certain Web sites. He said censorship had become more than a human rights issue and was hurting profit for foreign companies that rely on the Internet to reach customers.

From The New York Times

China: Spat with Google won’t affect relations with U.S.

Ron Deibert commented on Google’s March 22 blog post which states that the company will end its censorship of by re-directing internet users to Deibert predicts that as a result, China might further block Google from indexing within China’s information space, strengthening the country’s “Great Firewall of China.” If such steps are taken, the Chinese government would contribute to regionalization of the Internet.

From CNN

A new approach to China: an update

On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on

From Official Google Blog

What Chinese Censors Don’t Want You to Know

A set of Chinese government censorship guidelines recently leaked to the Internet provides a rare and intimate window into the thinking of propaganda officials. The list of prohibitions issued to editors ranges from the extremely broad, such as the injunction against “negative news,” to the bizarrely specific, such as the ban on the blooming of a particular flower in southern China.

Following are excerpts from media guidelines that the Communist Party propaganda department and the government Bureau of Internet Affairs, conveyed to top editors before this month’s annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

From The New York Times

Chinese netizens’ open letter to the Chinese Government and Google

Some Chinese netizens who feel caught between Google and their government have written an open letter to “relevant Chinese government ministries and Google Inc.” It’s got a very long preamble which I hope somebody will take the time to translate in full. In a nutshell, it expresses the view that Chinese Internet users have been left in the dark. While it’s assumed that the Chinese government would seek to keep its people in the dark – hence its censorship in the first place – they find it unfair that Google has not provided them with enough information to form educated and fact-based opinions about what’s going on. The authors raise a list of questions they want answered (corrections to my rough translation welcome in the comments section):

From RConversation