Google: China is disrupting Gmail access

Google has tracked down the source of recent Gmail access problems in China, and has decided the Chinese government's to blame. Following poor service for the past few weeks, Google investigated the issues and found no cause for concern on their side, leading them to suspect the government.

According to the BBC, Google said it had traced the issues down to "a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail", having ruled out any server side issues. A solution to the problem has yet to be released.

While the motivation for the block is unclear, users say that the block coincides with an internet campaign calling for a revolution similar to the ones occurring in the Middle East.

Tensions between Google and China have been mounting following recent events. Last year, the tech giant was subject to a number of cyber-attacks in mainland China, influencing it to abandon its government-approved Google.cn offering, instead redirecting users to the uncensored Google.com.hk. A ban on Google search sites was short-lived, being lifted after a day of enforcement.

Beijing has long denied any sort of cyber-attacks, calling the accusations "groundless". Nonetheless, Google believes it was victim to a series of attacks on its Gmail service last year as well, when Chinese rights activists were attacked by organisations intent on gaining access to their Gmail accounts.

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Many sea-faring European nations were involved in piracy, slave-labor, & slave-trading. Germany taught Japan how to do it, so trying to start another imperialist empire. There is now just one Darth Vader on this planet; stupidly financed by Japan, China and those other silly east Asians.

Many people seem to forget what happened to Russian imperialism; it destroyed itself. Inside sources tell me that China's empire (hundreds of ethnic groups, religions and languages) - united by poor educational and true mass media, will break up, just as Russia did. 300 - 500 nuclear reactors, falsely reporting good safety records to the corrupt dictatorship - we will see many more Chenobyll's in the northern hemisphere.

By that time, I'll be dead, buried in the nuclear-free southern hemisphere of this planet. All you youngsters are so silly in your ignorant simpleness of how this planet really works. Only thee young have the right to be silly & ignorant. I'm not young, so don't need to hide behind a pen name.

Maybe I should follow Mohammed Ali, Cat Stevens, ... but being so medically crippled and aged, I don't think I can appreciated stupid dumb virgins.

Retired (medical) IT Consultant, Australian Capital Territory

Still we don't know the whole situation. No any technical comment from Google, so there is some possibility of blackmailing.

For example we have two hubs in Russia. Some providers connected to one, some to another. Google connected to one hub, but my provider (Beeline, which is among largest in Europe) connected to another. So i can't use Youtube at all. Both just pointing on each other...

I can open Google sites, but with around 300kbit/s in prime time, which is not enough even for 480p videos. That's on 20mbit unlim plan.

coth said,
Still we don't know the whole situation. No any technical comment from Google, so there is some possibility of blackmailing.

For example we have two hubs in Russia. Some providers connected to one, some to another. Google connected to one hub, but my provider (Beeline, which is among largest in Europe) connected to another. So i can't use Youtube at all. Both just pointing on each other...

I can open Google sites, but with around 300kbit/s in prime time, which is not enough even for 480p videos. That's on 20mbit unlim plan.


d123451 said,

well but i,ve read abt some enthusiast have did a test by puting 1server in shanghai and one in hk the one in shanghai with google services is malfunctioning where as the hk one is ok + now all the services are provided by google hk server, china one is just a redirection. That proved its not the problem of google hk server but its the chinese gov exchange(all traffic is monitored in chinas exchanges be4coming out to www i believe) but hk have its own exchange(hkix) so its not under china monitor… apperently they found the shanghai server gets a report of the google services traffic get cut off and reset every 15min…

oh and never mention they have rights to re-write/correct/erase/ban the thread in chinese dubbed ver of twitter (wei bo) information flow is so restricked in china and policy are crazy.....

ps twitter is blocked in mainland....

I'm a hong kong chinese and felt annoying abt such action, as i sometimes need ta work in mainland and even i do a dinning room(interier design) image serch it blocked me.... its reali sad... i think china will never get democracy..... apperently some chinese it ppl found out that the chinese gov have an auto system that cut off google services every 15min to pretend its googles fault, so less people uses their services..... a few taiwanese and hk gadget/tech site was blocked and taged as dangerous website and that include engadget chinese! hope neowin won't be the next....

d123451 said,
I'm a hong kong chinese and felt annoying abt such action, as i sometimes need ta work in mainland and even i do a dinning room(interier design) image serch it blocked me.... its reali sad... i think china will never get democracy..... apperently some chinese it ppl found out that the chinese gov have an auto system that cut off google services every 15min to pretend its googles fault, so less people uses their services..... a few taiwanese and hk gadget/tech site was blocked and taged as dangerous website and that include engadget chinese! hope neowin won't be the next....

maybe the chinese gov wants to be the only one able to spy on everythign its people do on the internet. but hey dont feel sad about democracy, its not so much better then the capitalistic communism china has. plus china can do progress because its communistic and the people are more united, look at some massive projects where they clear entire valleys with many ten thousands of chineze, just for a man made lake for hydro dams. In europe all those 10 thousand people have a voice and opinion. Which has to be heard (because democracy) and progress stagnates. Even tho the loss of a few benefit the entire nation... the loss of the few is more important.
part of the reason why china grows 10% a year and europe barely grows economicly.

well if u take it that way..... but inside there are lots of corruption and under table goin on the u and i thats unaware of... and have u tought of where the ppl inside the valley can move to? and how they spend the rest of their lifes with their home is now under a lake??? i've heard the the villagers are forced to move out the vally just because the gov etc wants money.... and they dun get compansation for these type of things... if there is thats only little... i assume u are talking about the Three Gorges Dam.... u know there are 100s of villages was forced to be distroyed and the surrounding area get mass amount of soil erotion and landslide killing lots of ppl... if u can read chinese plz have a read....http://www.epochweekly.com/b5/051/4064.htm or use google translate... thx for the understanding i think my point is to get a balnce fo rdemocracy and wht u so called unity(that only happenes because of money.... i am a bit negative think...) may be for the "never" bit its a bit exaggerating but sure it needs a very very long time be4 it get to become a "developed country"....

At the same time, China dialed up the settings on the Great Firewall and broke a lot of VPNs. I know, because my partner in China has had to deal with the issue and so has many VPN company's tech support. Thankfully, after much work, they are able to get through. Without a VPN, all of Google (gmail, Google Docs, etc.) are blocked. China is also scanning (using automation, no doubt) emails to non-blocked services. Depending on what is contained in the email, my messages to my partner may or may not be delivered to his email account on a Chinese server. Yet another reason to need a VPN.

Doesen't surprise me. China are pretty quick to jump on the ban ban ban bandwagon as soon as a so called "Uprising". It's probably paranoia with all the middle easten countries kicking off and planing overthrows.

Luckily china has to many nukes and not enough oil eh

Unplugged said,
Doesen't surprise me. China are pretty quick to jump on the ban ban ban bandwagon as soon as a so called "Uprising". It's probably paranoia with all the middle easten countries kicking off and planing overthrows.

Luckily china has to many nukes and not enough oil eh


lol
I don't see an uprising in china anytime in the near future.

De.Bug said,

lol
I don't see an uprising in china anytime in the near future.

True. Why would the Western countries do anything about China's corruption and legalised piracy? At some international anti-piracy business event, every business refused to state who the problem was for piracy on camera. You can't bite the hand that feeds you. And China is giving us the cheap labor for goods. China doesn't take criticism lightly. So what can we do?

desbest said,

True. Why would the Western countries do anything about China's corruption and legalised piracy? At some international anti-piracy business event, every business refused to state who the problem was for piracy on camera. You can't bite the hand that feeds you. And China is giving us the cheap labor for goods. China doesn't take criticism lightly. So what can we do?

So what? British Empire became powerful because of legalized piracy. And they are even proud of their privateers. But why other can't do the same? I think it's quite fair.
Modern western world became rich because robbed the rest. So it's fair yet again. Both China and Russia using same western methods to catch up western world living standard. What's so strange about it?

Edited by coth, Mar 22 2011, 4:04am :

coth said,

So what? British Empire became powerful because of legalized piracy. And they are even proud of their privateers. But why other can't do the same? I think it's quite fair.
Modern western world became rich because robbed the rest. So it's fair yet again. Both China and Russia using same western methods to catch up western world living standard. What's so strange about it?

your thinking of the wrong country. almost all pirates where Dutch. go back to your history books!

Shadowzz said,

your thinking of the wrong country. almost all pirates where Dutch. go back to your history books!

Britain was in Top 2
Francis Drake, William Dampier, Thomas Cavendish and Henry Morgan are among world's most known pirates.