By Henry Williams.
The Great Firewall has got a new tool in it’s arsenal: pet spas.
According to a report in New Scientist, in one case the web censors have seemingly poisoned the DNS record of a torproject.org (a tool for anonymous use of the Internet), and redirected it to a pet shop’s website in Florida.
The article goes on to hear from the store’s owner:
No one knows why the censors picked The Pet Club’s website. Until now, Dennis Bost of Universal Merchant Solutions in Hollywood, Florida, who set up the website for the salon owners, had been puzzled by the web traffic he’d been seeing.
“I’m amazed at the number of hits they get from China,”; he says. “They’re a grooming salon. No one is popping over from Beijing to have their Shar Pei groomed.”
Checks by Shanghaiist failed to duplicate the URL redirecting referred to in the article.
In related news: Filtering in China took a more sinister turn last week, as China Digital Times reported that a business center was warning employees not to connect to prohibited sites. Staff in the Shandong office had been found to be using Twitter and Facebook through a VPN.
Users are going to be forced to login with their real name before accessing the Internet in the future.
Business center sign in Shandong capital
The sign translates as:
Recently, it has been discovered that at night in some rooms, staff have been privately logging on to prohibited websites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.).Upon discovering such activity, the violator’s Internet access will be directly cut off and the police will be notified. In cooperation with police policy of Internet access through real-name registration, starting today, we will begin the trial implementation of PPPoE* real-name registration for Internet access.