Gmail has denied any faults within their own system after their services in China have been constantly disrupted for weeks now. We’ve heard rumors that the strategy is to slow down or even block Gmail every 15 minutes, in order to convince users that it’s a problem with Google, not the firewall. Sure, you all say, we aren’t dummies, we know what’s happening. Okay, but can somebody please tell that to Google’s shrinking share in the Chinese market, and somehow convince them, yet again, not to move their business elsewhere?
Here’s what Google has to say (from the Guardian):
“Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” said a Google spokesman. China’s embassy in Washington was not immediately available for comment.
Others are speculating as to whether the GFW is employing a new level of sophistication:
The search firm is not commenting further on this latest attack, but technology experts said it seemed to show an increasingly high degree of sophistication. “In the wake of what is happening in the Middle East I don’t think China wants to be seen making heavy-handed attacks on the internet, that would draw too much attention,” said one internet executive who wished to remain anonymous. He said making it look like a fault in Google’s system was extremely difficult to do and the fact that these attacks appear to come and go makes the attack look “semi-industrial and very, very sophisticated.”
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