China’s ‘Great Cannon’ Censors Foreign Websites by Force: Report

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A protester opposite internet censorship, wearing a Computer as a helmet, is seen outward Hanover Congress Centrum on Mar 15, in Hanover, Germany.


There’s a new apparatus in China’s arsenal of Internet censorship tools: In further to a obvious “Great Firewall” restraint those in a nation from visiting certain sites, there is now a “Great Cannon” that deluges unfamiliar websites with trade in sequence to take them offline. The technique is detailed in a new news from a University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, that also coins a term. It radically works by hijacking trade to a renouned website, in this box Chinese hunt hulk Baidu, and redirecting it toward a aim — this time it was GreatFire.org, a site hosted outward China that monitors censorship in a nation and provides entrance to blocked material.

“Conducting such a widespread conflict clearly demonstrates a weaponization of a Chinese Internet to co-opt capricious computers opposite a web and outward of China to grasp China’s process ends,” reads a report. Such systems could also be configured to route and cgange trade entrance from a aim individual, instead of any channel a limit or going to a certain website. But Western authorities competence have an ungainly time condemning a Great Cannon, a researchers note, given a U.S. and U.K. have built unequivocally identical systems with unequivocally identical intentions, as indicated by papers leaked by former NSA executive Edward Snowden.

The best invulnerability opposite any counter of this type, unfamiliar or domestic, is good encryption, a news concludes. If a information can’t be review by hackers or spies in a initial place, it can’t be tampered with.

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He lives in London and works out of a NBC News London bureau.

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Vinograd formerly worked as an editor for The Wall Street Journal in Brussels and London.

She has reported extensively from Afghanistan and on West Africa and a Middle East.

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