Published On: Sun, Nov 11th, 2012

Google services blocked in China

Google and all of its major services were blocked in China on Friday, as the Communist Party meets to appoint new leaders for the first time in a decade.

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Google’s own “transparency report” — designed to detect and publicize service disruptions — shows a sharp drop in traffic from China across all of Google’s products. The company added the incident to its timeline of outages.

“We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end,” a Google representative told CNNMoney.

The cause of the outage is unclear, but it comes just one day after the start of the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress in China. The once-every-decade meeting is held to select a new stable of leaders.

“The fact that Google is blocked now is surely no coincidence,” the site GreatFire, which collects data related to what it calls “the great firewall of China,” posted on Friday. “The big question is whether it will be unblocked again once the congress is over.”

GreatFire tracks “blocked web sites and searches,” focusing especially on Google and popular Chinese search engine Baidu. The site said many Google subdomains on Friday were “DNS poisoned” — an attack method that redirects visitors to an alternate or non-existent website — and that most attempts to circumvent the block did not work.

Attempts in China to reach Google.com appear to be redirecting to a non-functioning IP address in Korea, according to GreatFire.

“Never before have so many people been affected by a decision to block a website,” GreatFire said.

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