Google Calls Out China for Screwing Up Gmail

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Google Calls Out China for Screwing Up Gmail

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Google said its email service is the target of a sophisticated attack by the Chinese government.

Seeing what's happening in the Middle East and Northern Africa must have the officials of the Chinese government pretty freaked out that a similar revolution might overthrow the last Communist superpower. Since Google began operating in China in 2005, the company has had a contentious relationship with the government as it demanded Google cooperate in censoring its people. This January, Google became aware of attacks on its services, and moved its operations to Hong Kong in response. Now, Google has been noticing some irregularities in its email service for human rights activists in China, and the company believes that Gmail is under attack by the government in order to throttle any possible "jasmine revolution" - a burgeoning online movement to overthrow the Chinese government inspired by events in Egypt and Libya.

"Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail," said a spokesman from Google.

On March 11th, Google said on its blog that it believed something fishy was going on when it "noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target." After working with Microsoft to fix a possible exploit with Internet Explorer, Google now believes that the only entity capable of such a targeted attack is the government of China.

Technology experts have weighed in that the difficulty of detecting the source of the attack was carefully designed. "In the wake of what is happening in the Middle East I don't think China wants to be seen making heavy-handed attacks on the internet, that would draw too much attention," said an unnamed internet executive.

China is notorious for censoring and controlling information, and that policy has extended on the internet. Any revolutionary news of the events in Middle East and North Africa or mention of the Dalai Lama of nearby Tibet is not permissible. Even the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan is considered dangerous to the State. An effort organized by Google to help family members find lost loved ones has been shut down in China.

Given the revolutions of long-standing dictatorships this year all over the world, and the role that communication over the internet has served in these uprisings, it certainly makes sense for China to be wary of Google. But in a Catch-22, censorship is exactly why these dissidents and revolutionaries are motivating and the latest heavy-handedness by the Chinese government to smite Gmail might actually be the superpower's undoing.

I might take a little censorship here and there, but if you mess with my Gmail, I'm gonna throw a brick through a window.

Source: The Guardian

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I feel like such an cynical old man going "I am not surprised", but I really ain't.

What happens when an overbearing, overprotective mother becomes a country?

You get China.

Except, instead of disowning people who disagree with it, those people go 'missing' instead...

I can see where China's coming from with all the censorship, but it will only make the situation worse when the information all comes flooding out.
Also I got the feeling that Google seems to think it's better than China. If China wants to block stuff off that's just something China or the UN or whoever is in charge of this stuff, has to deal with. Not Google.

I speak with Chinese people often and it amazes me how many of them just want to leave the country. The sad thing is though, you are more likely to leave China if you are wealthy and educated.

China will change as their middle class grows. The problem with people that have education is that they are able to think for themselves and do what they want. The Chinese gov't just cant keep hold forever and remain their 'mother' country, they will have to become 'iron fisted' a some point.

The PRC and the CCP need to be overthrown its tirade of forcing abortions, imprisoning peaceful protesters and censoring the news needs to stop. While we here in America can see the Libya revolution as an obvious cry from the people for democracy, they don't hear about it at all, or even worse, are told by their government that this spilled blood is all that democracy has to offer. The day will come when the CCP pays for the atrocities it has dealt to mankind, I just pray that I am there to see them get the punishment they deserve.

I love how Google seems to hate the Chinese government, talking about them like they want to go to war with them.

Greg Tito:
After working with Microsoft to fix a possible exploit with Internet Explorer...

I think the most surprising part of this article was the fact that two technology giants actually worked together to try and benefit the consumer.

GOOGLE vs. CHINA

Bets are now accepted. My money is on Google.

Bloodstain:
GOOGLE vs. CHINA

Bets are now accepted. My money is on Google.

My bet is on a billion screaming chinamen

FogHornG36:
My bet is on a billion screaming chinamen

For some reason your post made me think of


Always gives me a laugh

Anyway OT: Hmm. Good to see google isn't bowing down to this. Censorship sucks.

I can picture it now....

The year is 2025..., "And that students, is how Google overthrew the Chinese government."

'Bout time Google actually started to step in on the whole human rights thing.

*sigh* and just as i changed my email to gmail.

It really has been a slippery slope for google's business in china right?

You know, i while listening to some best part of Matrix soundtrack, reading this article felt like action movie:D

Also, go freedom!

Bah.

At least Chinese people have access to the internet at all. North Koreans aren't so lucky.

It isn't like it is the first time...

The other day it said my Gmail had been accessed by china i changed my password right after O_o

Fappy:
I can picture it now....

The year is 2025..., "And that students, is how Google overthrew the Chinese government."

XD I'd say that was wrong but...

Seriously China. You're blocking people from finding they're love ones?

Baffling. I wonder what it's like to live in a country where you're not allowed to hear stuff about natural disasters. If your loved one is missing, too bad.

China to it's citizens regarding the outside world: "Move along People, Nothing to see here."

And here I thought Hooch was crazy. But China? Wow.

I don't know if this has got something to do with, very oddly, not being able to log in to Gmail with Opera in the last few days...

Veldie:
The other day it said my Gmail had been accessed by china i changed my password right after O_o

I had the same thing happen a few months ago...
Also, for those of you that may not be aware, the Canadian Government was recently hacked, with the source of the attack originating in China. Clearly, China is looking for a cyber-war. This looks like a job for... ANONYMOUS!!!

FogHornG36:

Bloodstain:
GOOGLE vs. CHINA

Bets are now accepted. My money is on Google.

My bet is on a billion screaming chinamen

Considering that Google is a global blackmail scheme waiting to happen and is relied upon by (and has bases in) several major players on the international scene the smart money is on Google.

Don't want the world to find out that your leader likes strange grot pornography? Then pipe down and allow Google to carry on their evil masterplan.

Yeah, it really is quite sad. I had a cousin who was in China for several months as part of a student ministries team. A major part of their week long training before they went was on how to communicate with family members, so as not to have your e-mail/skype blocked. During the holidays we had a family call to him on Skype, and it kept getting cut off because he, or we, would say something that even sounded like the banned list.

China, you are fighting the internet. You cannot win. Resistance is futile, word will be disseminated.

Technically the "Jasmine Revolution" should be called "Jasmine Counter-Revolution". Am I right or am I right ?

I wonder if Google have their own nukes?

binvjoh:
I wonder if Google have their own nukes?

Everything is for sale, especially in the old soviet republics...

C_Topher:
[quote="Veldie" post="7.272019.10484785"]Clearly, China is looking for a cyber-war. This looks like a job for... ANONYMOUS!!!

Jesus. Anonymous and Google Team up to take down the Chinese government and bring democracy to the world.

That sounds like goddamn fan fiction, and is therefore too stupid to make up and must happen.

Yay, China! Rise up and overthrow your government! Maybe then my country's economy will collapse!

Wait...

Oh china, you huge fucking scary slab of landmass.
Oh google, you huge fucking scary entity that owns the internet.

Round 1. Fight!

I don't think I've ever meet someone from China who supported the censorship, or even had anything nice to say about it. If the people really are against this sort of crap, and the people find out, China is going to be in hot water.

Alrocsmash:

binvjoh:
I wonder if Google have their own nukes?

Everything is for sale, especially in the old soviet republics...

I know, but buying your own country is expensive.

OT:Well, China's walking a very fine line right now. I like the proof that keeps getting collected about China's hackers. First Google, then the US government, now the Canadian Government. I wonder what's next.

Megawat22:
I can see where China's coming from with all the censorship, but it will only make the situation worse when the information all comes flooding out.
Also I got the feeling that Google seems to think it's better than China. If China wants to block stuff off that's just something China or the UN or whoever is in charge of this stuff, has to deal with. Not Google.

I think many groups/entities think they're better than China, seeing as it has the label of 'dictatorship', just saying.

I say this with limited political experience, but has ANY government ever operated without making a large group of people dislike them? It doesn't feel like it, these days.

These kinds of revolutions are often, for the incumbent government, the death of a thousand papercuts.

No one thing really seems to motivate everybody to stop complying. They just get more and more fed up, little by little. Intrusive police are one cut, ineffectual bureaucracy another, high taxes might be another, messing with email one more, etc. so that you can never really say for sure which mistake was the downfall of the state.

Specifically screwing directly with people who are already disgruntled and already making movements of protest, however, has the potential to be a very big papercut, though.

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