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Google Accuses China of Interfering with Gmail

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 3 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Guardian reports that Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with Gmail. According to the search giant, Chinese customers and advertisers have increasingly been complaining about their Gmail service in the past month and attempts by users to send messages, mark messages as unread and use other services have generated problems for Gmail customers. The announcement follows a blog posting from Google on 11 March in which the firm said it had "noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target." The search firm is not commenting further on this latest attack, but technology experts said it seemed to show an increasingly high degree of sophistication. "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," says one internet executive who wished to remain anonymous adding making it look like a fault in Google's system was extremely difficult to do and the fact that these attacks appear to come and go makes the attack look "semi-industrial and very, very sophisticated.""

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The story has been picked up by the NY Times (1)

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35555928)

The story is now in the NY times with some additional details at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/technology/21google.html?src=busln [nytimes.com]

Google said that it was not having any technical problems with Googleâ(TM)s main Web site or Gmail service in China.

âoeThere is no issue on our side; we have checked extensively,â Google said in a statement released Sunday. âoeThis is a government blockage, carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.â

Analysts who track Web developments say that the Chinese government may be intentionally disrupting access to Google and other Web services as part of a campaign to tighten Internet controls and censor material.

Calls to Chinaâ(TM)s Foreign Ministry were not returned Sunday. Beijing has long had some of the worldâ(TM)s strictest Internet controls. But after pro-democracy demonstrations broke out in the Middle East in January, the Chinese government seems to have intensified effort to censor Web content and disrupt Web searches related to calls for similar protests in China.

Google Deception (1)

knowledgeempire (2021924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35556452)

On several occasions, Google willingly censored content for China. Now they're complaining. Enough said.
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