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Gmail blocked in China

2014-12-29 10:15 by
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China has blocked access to Google's mail service Gmail. Internet-analytics group Dyn Research has found that there had been an IP-level block of Gmail access on the Chinese mainland. Google also confirmed that traffic began to fall in China late on Christmas Day reaching zero before midday on Dec. 26. The search giant claims it has no fault for the outage.

"China has a number of ways they can block content. One of the crudest ways is to just block an IP address, and when you do that, you block all the content available at the IP," Earl Zmijewski, Dyn's vice-president of data analytics said.

China has been popular with its censorship of the Internet. For years, the authorities have been operating a massive censorship project called the Great Firewall of China. As part of it, social networks have been blocked and multiple websites cannot be accessed from inside China.

Since Google closed its search business in the country in 2009, access to its services has been periodically limited or blocked in an attempt to force Chinese users to switch to services from domestic companies, which comply with government's requirements.

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