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China's "Twitter/Facebook" Somehow Redirected to Internet Censorship Breaker Site

 
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Weibo Goes Down in China, Traffic Redirected to Freedom Software

Weibo, one of China’s most popular websites with over 500 million users, was offline for two hours on Jan. 20. The traffic was being redirected to an address run by Freegate, a tool blocked in China that lets users break through China’s system for Internet censorship.

Weibo is China’s state-approved social media network, like a cross between Facebook and Twitter—both of which are blocked in China. On Tuesday afternoon, with Weibo back online, the issue was the top discussion with 269,068 Chinese users talking about it. One user, ITHome, said in Chinese: “What IP is 65.49.2.178? It’s sure to go down in history.”

The IP, or “Internet Protocol” address, the user referred to is one of the channels Freegate provides that allows Chinese users to route their connections through and access websites otherwise blocked in China.

Nobody is quite sure what happened, exactly. Even Bill Xia, president of Dynamic Internet Technology, which makes Freegate, is still trying to analyze what took place.

“We thought it was an attack,” said Xia. “From our perspective, we observed excessive, abnormal traffic to one of our IPs.”

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so?
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Meanwhile, Chinese government constantly jams shortwave radio broadcasts into China.

Keeping the people there ignorant.
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Meanwhile, Chinese government constantly jams shortwave radio broadcasts into China.

Keeping the people there ignorant.
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Doing what they can to keep them out of the loop, that's for sure
*********** WaterLily ***********
" Do I dare
Disturb the universe?"
-- T. S. Elliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

*************************************
“We are as ignorant of the meaning of the dragon as we are of the meaning of the universe.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei
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bump
for the afternoon
bunch
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" Do I dare
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“We are as ignorant of the meaning of the dragon as we are of the meaning of the universe.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei
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Meanwhile, Chinese government constantly jams shortwave radio broadcasts into China.

Keeping the people there ignorant.
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Doing what they can to keep them out of the loop, that's for sure
 Quoting: waterlily


It's true.

I am listening to a broadcast that is directed at China right now that is being jammed.
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Meanwhile, Chinese government constantly jams shortwave radio broadcasts into China.

Keeping the people there ignorant.
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Doing what they can to keep them out of the loop, that's for sure
 Quoting: waterlily


It's true.

I am listening to a broadcast that is directed at China right now that is being jammed.
 Quoting: Astral Goat


Oh, what are you listening to? VOA?

What app are you using?
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^^^^
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Oops, I forgot to log in.
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-- Jorge Luis Borges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei
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Fascinating.

So some hacker was making an escape rout known to the Chinese people.

spock
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Hey, thanks for the pin!
hf
*********** WaterLily ***********
" Do I dare
Disturb the universe?"
-- T. S. Elliot, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

*************************************
“We are as ignorant of the meaning of the dragon as we are of the meaning of the universe.”
-- Jorge Luis Borges
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Pompey made his preparations for the war at the end of the winter, entered upon it at the commencement of spring,
and finished it in the middle of the summer."
-- Cicero, De Imperio Cn. Pompei





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