A nonprofit group developing tools to get around Chinese online censorship says the Chinese government is behind a recent attack that sent a flood of traffic to its site and services. China is effectively using the national firewall in place to censor the Internet for Chinese residents to weaponize the browsers of millions of global Internet users, according to GreatFire.
China's cyberspace administration is "complicit" in attacks on major Internet companies including Google, an anti-censorship group said on Wednesday, calling on firms worldwide to step up their defences.
GreatFire.org, which operates websites seeking to circumvent China's vast censorship apparatus, pointed to statements by Google, Microsoft and Mozilla as showing the Chinese government was involved in so-called "man-in-the-middle" operations.
Chinese regulators summoned bank officials for a meeting this month to stress the need to carry out a nationwide directive to cut China’s reliance on foreign technology, said people familiar with the matter.
In the Jan. 15 meeting, the China Banking Regulatory Commission suggested lenders not buy new mainframe computers in 2015 and draft plans to replace the ones they now have, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the meeting was private. A senior CBRC official said in November banks rely on foreign brands for 80 percent of their core servers and systems.
China dismissed U.S. President Barack Obama’s concerns that new security laws would require foreign companies to open backdoors to their networks, saying the U.S. and the U.K. have long sought the same access.
“Many Western governments, including the governments of the U.S. and the U.K., have for many years asked technology companies to disclose their encryption keys,” Fu Ying, spokeswoman for China’s National People’s Congress, said Wednesday in Beijing. “This step is aimed at preventing and investigating terrorist activities.”
Google wants into China—one way or another.
The internet giant just launched a new Chinese-language YouTube channel to educate Chinese programmers on the ins and outs of various Google technologies, such as its Android mobile operating system and Compute Engine cloud computing service. The channel includes both new content and videos from Google’s English-language channel subtitled with Simplified Chinese captions.