Archive for the 'Censorship' Category

Apr 21 2011

Shock: Chinese hackers not supporting the Jasmine Revolution

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Two activist websites supporting the Jasmine Revolution are reporting DDOS attacks coming from IPs originating in China., a US based activist website, specified locations in China to hold protests: is currently hosting a petition to free Beijing activist Ai Weiwei that contains over a 100,000 signatures:

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Aug 11 2010

CDT: ISP Level Gmail Phishing

Published by under Censorship,China internet

Via @torproject comes a link to a China Digital TImes (a site run at Berkeley) that gives just a brief notice that some users behind the GFW are having their gmail login attempts redirected to hxxp:// where they are asked to enter their password. Chinese users reporting this redirect believe that the redirects are being performed by the ISP. Interestingly, is a CNC host in Xinjiang.

At the time of this post the hxxp:// site is not operating (from the US or the PRC according to webpulse).

The original info apparently came from ntdtv:
中国ISP騙取gmail密码 被現場抓獲

UPDATE: I was looking closely at the screen cap that shows the source and it appears that part of the phishing app is hosted on, which doesn’t presently have an IP address assigned although the DNS record was updated on August 10.

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Jan 16 2010

Freedom of Speech? Not according to Baidu.

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One of the Chinese blogs I read had a post about this Baidu dictionary reference.

Loosely translated: Freedom of Speech – basically not in China. It gives a link to a board where it may have picked up this definition. The author, greysign, laments that there are rampant lawless anti-party elements slandering China. Is it really slander to say that there isn’t freedom of speech in China?

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Jan 13 2010

Lawyers for company ripped off by green dam targeted in spear phishing attacks

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This is starting to get boring…

Lawyers for Cybersitter, the company that claims its intellectual property was ripped off by PRC companies that developed the green dam youth escort in home censorware are now claiming that they have been targeted in spear phishing style attacks.  Maybe the PRC companies didn’t get all of the code the first time.

Article here – linked from Danwei (one of my favorite China sites).

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Jan 12 2010


Published by under Censorship,China internet

In what may be the most significant news posted to this blog in a long time, the Official Google Blog reports that Google will be working with the PRC government to deliver an unfiltered to users in the PRC.  If an agreement with the PRC government cannot be reached, may suspend operations.  From the blog post:

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.

This move is in response to an internal Google investigation that revealed widespread targeting and surveillance of human rights activists with interests in the PRC.  The blog indicates that there are two distinctly different problems that were uncovered.  One involved the compromise of internal Google intellectual property and the other involved the accessing of gmail accounts by unauthorized third parties.

…we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties.

Google believes that the sophisticated attacks that resulted in the internal compromise of Google information have also hit more than 20 other organizations.

So what does this mean?  It is difficult to say at this point.  Perhaps it will draw attention to the censorship issue as well as the widespread hacking frequently attributed to the PRC government.  I think it will be unlikely that will be allowed to operate in the PRC without filtering its search results.  This may mean that will cease to exist or that it is operated outside of the PRC where it will probably get GFW’d.  Either way, Baidu wins.

It would be very cool if others (yahoo!, microsoft) follow suit.

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Dec 22 2009

PRC Internet “most free”

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My 中文 isn’t nearly as good as Heike’s (as demonstrated here) but I do believe that this pic posted to sunwear‘s baidu blog says that the PRC Internet is the most free.  You might remember sunwear – he is the one that arp-jacked

UPDATE:  Found this image (via @torproject) at

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Sep 08 2009

And now the Taiwanese film festival

Published by under Censorship,Nationalism,Taiwan

Taiwanese organizers in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, plan to show the controversial film, “Ten Conditions of Love” next month, sparking outrage in the Chinese hacker community once again.  Given the fact that it is Taiwan, it is doubly outrageous. 

The film’s showing in Melbourne last month sent Chinese hackers on a mini-rampage, see here, here, here and here.

Now all eyes turn to the Taiwanese film festival:

Anonymous hackers have attacked a Taiwan film festival over plans to screen a documentary on the US-based leader of China’s predominantly Muslim Uighur minority, festival organizers said Tuesday.

A message, posted on a blog run by one of the organizers of the Kaohsiung Film Festival, blamed Rebiya Kadeer for recent bloody unrest in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, which is home to the Turkic-speaking Uighurs.

“I don’t know if you heard about the violence (in Xinjiang) and if you know how many people were left homeless. It is all because of that woman,” said the message, referring to Kadeer.

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Sep 07 2009

China wants real names attached to online comments

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This was posted by Scott Henderson (Trying to comply with the law of the land)

Green Dam, the censorship software that the Chinese government wanted on all PCs sold in China, turned out to be a flop. Beijing’s still keen on exerting greater control over the Internet, though, and Jonathan Ansfield has a good story in the New York Times about the censors’ latest tactic. According to Ansfield’s story, new “secret government orders” have been forcing popular Chinese websites to require new users register with their real names before posting any comments online.

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Aug 26 2009

China internet: Anarchic playground

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Bingo, the Telegraph sums up the Chinese internet in the title of this article “China’s internet: the wild, wild East

When it’s fun, the Chinese Net seems like a wonderfully anarchic playground; when it turns nasty, it’s a nightmare from Lord of the Flies.

In many ways, the Internet simply reflects the diversity of Chinese society offline: you can find everything from Internet groups dedicated to social and environmental causes to prostitutes who exclusively use the QQ instant messaging platform to solicit clients.

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Aug 13 2009

China takes 1/2 step back from Green Dam software

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China has decided to delay implementing Green Dam software.  From the WSJ:

The Chinese government may be waving a white flag in response to all the criticism of its Green Dam filtering software.

Beijing won’t force the widespread installation of the Internet filtering program on PCs and other consumer products, China’s industry minister, Li Yizhong, said Thursday…

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