United States penetrates Great Firewall of China

It seems that the United States has been trying to find ways to get current news through the censors of various countries including China, and according to Fox News they have been successful with a technology called, “Feed Over e-mail.” Information about the program was acquired via a Freedom of Information Act request.

The foe-project, hosted by Google and created in May 2009, is “a new anti-censorship tool that allows users in censored countries to receive news updates.”  The only requirement is that the end user be able to use POP3 and SMTP, along with an email account from a foreign provider. It works by compressing the payload to evade keyword filters employed by China and other regimes.

While this tool will obviously not help citizens when a country shuts down access to the internet, it can be used to provide information that would otherwise be unavailable. It allows the recipients to receive RSS feeds, proxy sites to bypass security measures, or TOR clients to surf online anonymously.

The question remains whether this should be considered cyber warfare or not. While many may not agree with China’s policies, does the country have the right to decide what their citizens can read? If the roles were reversed would people consider this an attack considering it is breaking through the security controls put in place by a country?

Time will tell whether China will simply block access to the remote mail servers, thus ending the usefulness of the tool.

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Not Cyber Warfare by any stretch of the word...

Should it be done? I'm going to say sure it should. Without the free flow of information the people of China can't properly decide how they want to be governed. The right to fair and balanced information so people can make informed decisions is a basic human right. As such, the Chinese government, imho, doesn't have the legal authority to remove that right from people (it is on a plane outside of the power of governance, some would say it is on God's plane).

There's no way this happened without me, I'm in ALL the inner circles. Nothing happens in cyber-activism without me knowing.

This ain't even news to begin with. Read about the great firewall of china: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Firewall_of_China

"compressing" the payload of an email is news worthy? I mean, really? If the firewall filters TCP packets based on their content, of course obfuscating the contents will work. Heck, writing information in esperanto would probably achieve the same results.

Fox news could have also used a vpn. problem solved.

Julius Caro said,
Fox news could have also used a vpn. problem solved.

Fox News isn't the one sending the information... The FOIA request confirmed that the US was using this to send information to China.

Fezmid said,

Fox News isn't the one sending the information... The FOIA request confirmed that the US was using this to send information to China.

China is not some information-deprived country surrounded by an impenetrable wall. Phones still work. VPN still works. SSL still works. Or what's what I assume based on what I see on wikipedia. That's why I dont get where the 'news' is.

Julius Caro said,

China is not some information-deprived country surrounded by an impenetrable wall. Phones still work. VPN still works. SSL still works. Or what's what I assume based on what I see on wikipedia. That's why I dont get where the 'news' is.


because the stereotype of china in most american people.

China won't 'cut off' anything. The US is one of China's largest trading partners and enjoys a symbiotic relationship with the US in economic activity. Only clueless monkey's think that China 'owns' the US whole scale.

My partner, who lives in China, and I depend on access to Google and other sites for communication. I hope things like this don't jeopardize his access to gmail and other Google services. Yes, we do use a VPN for some communication but it is nice to not have to use it all of the time. Also, I currently enjoy being able to go to China without much hassle. I fear that won't be the case should things escalate.

Really bro? Where were you when they tried that at Tiananmen? They ended alot of those trying to "pull a Egypt" on them. Take a history class before opening your trap kthx.

Windows7even said,
sounds like the Chinese people need to pull a Egypt on their government.

+2 lol

Windows7even said,
sounds like the Chinese people need to pull a Egypt on their government.

There are better reasons.

Soulsiphon said,
Really bro? Where were you when they tried that at Tiananmen? They ended alot of those trying to "pull a Egypt" on them. Take a history class before opening your trap kthx.

Alot of those dissident fled oversea have asked the Chinese government to let them go home.

Latest poll indicated %80 happy direction of the country and approval of their government. They are good at creating job.

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