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Friday, May 06, 2005



Google Hacking Firewalls?


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(Hat Tip: Blog Pulse, China Herald)

It seems that when Google came out with it's Web Accelerator that it may have opened up the door for residents of restrictive regimes to "bypass" their national firewalls.

The results are not 100 percent coherent, as the Google News site is not available in this way. But all other 'blocked' website I can see thanks to the Google web accelerator: Amnesty International, the blogspot-weblogs, www.cnd.org: seems the system is basically working as a proxy to avoid the firewall.


This probably will not bode well for China, as they have been known for isolating their own people from the rest of the world using a firewall.

Having experienced limits in accessing both news and email, it came as little surprise to find that the search engines were subject to similar restrictions. Searches for articles on circumventing the Chinese filters yielded a long list of results, none of which could be opened. Moreover, inputting politically sensitive words such as the "Falun Gong'' cut me off from the search engines completely.


Once the Communistic Regime realizes that it's "information filter" has been compromised, they will in no doubt take measures to silence their people from viewing the world without blinders. China will no doubt pressure Google to "tweak" the feature slightly, but with it's release online, any attempts to block the optimizer may be too late as hackers have probably started releasing tweaks of their own.




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