Monday, March 21, 2011

China blocks Google's email service Gmail in sophisticated manner

People in China are not able to access Gmail. It seems Chinese Government is blocking Gmail.
Google has clarified that there is no technical issue. It says,
"There is no technical issue on our side; we have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,"

A Google spokesperson said users in China, have reported having intermittent problems with the service since the end of January.

Problems include difficulty accessing the home page for Gmail and problems sending emails when logged into the service. The instant messaging function is often not working as well.
Google officials said the blocking appears to be more sophisticated than other problems experienced by users in the past because the disruption is not a complete block.

China's Foreign Ministry had no immediate comments on Google's accusation.

If you are in China, you can explain thro' the comments about what kind of issues Gmail face in china.

In February, may political activists were arrested in China after an anonymous call online for people to start a jasmine revolution. The crackdown came as China's president Hu Jintao called for tighter internet controls to help prevent social unrest. Most of the unrest in the Middle East has gone unreported in China, where the internet is already heavily censored. Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube are all blocked in China.

Note that China is the world's most populous Internet market.

In January last year, Google announced that it would no longer cooperate with the China government's requirement to censor search results. And, it had complained about major attacks on its website by Chinese hackers with Government's support.
Attacks were targeted against email accounts by activists working on human rights in China at that time.
So, Google moved its Chinese-language search engine to Hong Kong, which operates under separate rules from the rest of mainland China.

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