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Great-firewall-busting microblog app puts AWS in China's firing line

The team behind anti-censorship body Greatfire.org has launched an Android app promising unfettered access to all Weibo content, in what it claims is a major step towards circumventing the Great Firewall for Chinese users. Launched back in 2012, FreeWeibo is effectively an uncensored version of the country’s most popular …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014

Google encrypts Chinese search requests to subvert Great Firewall

Google is to begin encrypting its web search service for users on the Chinese mainland as part of a general beefing up of the privacy of its users worldwide. Search terms and results pages will be sent over secure connections to thwart government spies and other eavesdroppers. "The revelations of this past summer underscored our …
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2014
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Juniper, Palo Alto to square off over firewall tech

A long-running legal battle between Juniper Networks and Palo Alto Networks is due to proceed to trial on 24 February, after a Delaware court declined a motion from Juniper for a summary judgement. The sue-ball battle has been going on since 2011, when lawyer's letters first began passing between the two companies. At the …
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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

Microsoft is facing another PR battle after a rights group accused Bing of more heavy-handed censorship in China than even homegrown search engine Baidu shackles its users with. Despite claiming to remove results as “narrowly as possible” in order to comply with Chinese censorship laws, Microsoft is actually blocking a “vast …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014

Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

A Washington-backed peer-to-peer site designed to push holes through China’s Great Firewall has managed to accrue nearly 10,000 followers in the past fortnight. Lantern was not built specifically for China, but such is the appetite for unfettered internet access in the People’s Republic that around three-quarters of its users …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Dec 2013
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China 'enhances' Great Firewall, teaches it to choke off VPNs

China has tightened the screws on its infamous web-filtering system, according to virtual private network providers. The Great Firewall of China has been enhanced to "learn, discover and block" encrypted VPN protocols. Machine learning algorithms have been applied to carry out encrypted traffic analysis, something advocated by …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2012

Beyond the Great Firewall: China's global censorship campaign

China’s fearsome censorship apparatus is increasingly expanding beyond the confines of the Great Firewall to influence media outside its borders, often by online attack, according to a new report from a US Congress-funded think tank. The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (h/t WSJ) by Freedom House analyst Sarah Cook is a report …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2013

Rackspace floats virty router and firewall into its clouds

Moving to clouds should mean breaking free of all kinds of specific hardware devices and running as much software as possible on generic virtual machines – which is why Rackspace Hosting is partnering with Brocade Communications to bring its Vyatta vRouter software to its public and private clouds. Brocade has been gradually …
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Google, please DRILL through Great Firewall of China with your HTTPS LANCE

A non-profit anti-censorship body has called on Eric Schmidt and Google to lead by example and call China’s bluff on web censorship with a simple two-pronged approach. GreatFire.org co-founder Charlie Smith claimed in a blog post that Google should switch its China search service to HTTPS by default, as it does in the US, which …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013
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Filter Great Firewall of China's architects at US borders - petition

A petition hosted by the White House calls for the computer scientists who built the "Great Firewall" of China to be denied entry to the US. The petition was submitted to the Obama administration on Friday, and has already garnered almost 7,000 signatures from American citizens who oppose China's extensive web censoring " …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2013
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Japan's free public VPN project tunnels through Great Firewall

Chinese netizens finding it increasingly difficult to bypass the Great Firewall after a recent crackdown on virtual private network (VPN) services have found an unlikely ally in a new public relay VPN service from Japan. The VPN Gate Academic Experiment Project (h/t TechInAsia) was set up by researchers at the Graduate School of …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013
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Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

A tech-savvy China-based Redditor has spotted a hassle-free way of ensuring he or she is always able to bypass the Great Firewall, even when out and about, using the Raspberry Pi to connect to a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs are a necessity for foreigners living in the People’s Republic who want to access sites prohibited …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013
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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

The Register has obtained a list of the websites which are still blocked by the Iraqi government despite its decision to lift partial and total internet blockades around the country. Although the Ministry of Communications appears to have gone back on its decision to restrict access to Facebook and Twitter, ISPs have been told …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2014
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Great Firewall architects fingered for GitHub attack

The Chinese computer scientists who helped build the country’s infamous Great Firewall may have been responsible for a man-in-the-middle attack on users of GitHub after they were named and shamed on the social code sharing site. This is the theory put forward by GreatFire.org, a not-for-profit organisation which monitors and …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jan 2013
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Check Point bakes anti-malware tech into firewall bricks

Check Point is baking in cyber-espionage defences to its enterprise firewall and gateway security products with the incorporation of sandbox-style technology. "Threat emulation" software blades for Check Point firewalls will be available later in Q2 2013 and will add to other threat prevention layers, such as anti-virus and anti …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013

Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz

Twenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot". Shwed, 44, is the co-founder, chief exec and chairman of Check Point, whose FireWall-1 software, according to the firm, is installed at every Fortune 100 company …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013

Non-techies: The cute things they say

Cthulhu jumping out of a printer Vociferous Time Waster recounts some conversations with non-techie colleagues he has had in the last year over at El Reg Forums. The server is down "The server is down." "Which one, we have hundreds." "I don't know, I'm not in IT." "Yet you feel qualified to conclude that one of the …
Drew Cullen, 14 Jun 2014
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VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall

Multinationals and foreign web users based in China to get jittery on Wednesday after pictures began circling the internet which suggested a new clamp down on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs). While VPNs in the Western world are more commonly used to enhance security, for netizens-in-the-know living in the People’s …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2012
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CloudBees straddles firewall with VPN connection

Cloud startup CloudBees has launched a technology that lets customers of the developer-oriented cloud connect their sensitive on-premises resources to the company's cloud via VPN. By building hosted OpenVPN into its infrastructure, the Java cloud has been able to launch the service which it says can assuage security concerns and …
Jack Clark, 23 Sep 2013
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First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear

Online freedoms in Asia are once again being squeezed after the Taiwanese and Singaporean governments signalled their desire for greater internet censorship. The Republic of China, which claims ownership of Taiwan, has proposed SOPA-like amendments to the country’s copyright law - and netizens fear these could be misused in …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013
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Pakistanis revolt over Great Firewall plans

Several Pakistanis are taking their government to court in a bid to stop the ‘illegal’ blocking of sites for political purposes and to force the authorities to shelve current plans for a nation wide web filtering system similar to the so-called Great Firewall of China. Local newspaper The News International reported that the …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Apr 2012

China blocks Google ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Chinese Web monitor Greatfire.org says the Great Firewall is interfering with Google searches in the Middle Kingdom ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. The group says TCP connections to Google IPs are being blocked by the firewall, getting in the way of “search, images, translate, Gmail and almost all …
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China blocks Flickr and OneDrive

China appears to have tweaked the Great Firewall to block Yahoo!'s Flickr photo-sharing service and Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage offering. The timing of the blocks, reported by transparency monitoring outfit GreatFire.org, looks convenient inasmuch as Hong Kong this week saw substantial pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2014

Firewall-floggers in FLAMING MESS: Where'd our mystery margin go?

If you work in the fields of technology distribution, services and resale, you'll surely hear about cloud, mobile, social and virtual more than anything else. However, it is the changing patterns in security spending that are perhaps most dramatically re-shaping our businesses. Gone are the good old days of pushing traditional …
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Great Firewall springs a leak: Chinese flood Obama's Google+ page

China’s infamous tool of internet censorship the Great Firewall appeared to fail last week, allowing hundreds of web users in the People’s Republic to access and post comments on US president Barack Obama’s Google+ page. Google’s social networking service is blocked in China – like many other sites including Facebook and Twitter …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2012
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Communist party boss blames Kunming knife attack on VPNs

The Communist Party’s chief official in western China’s Xinjiang region has blamed online videos and virtual private networks (VPNs) for the knife attack at Kunming station last week that left 29 dead and dozens injured. Speaking during a meeting at the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing last week, Zhang Chunxian …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
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Juniper jury sinks Palo Alto Networks case, for now

Juniper Networks' patent case against Palo Alto Networks is in abeyance for now, after a US judge declared a mistrial because the jury couldn't reach a unanimous verdict. The case was over US patents 8,077,723, 7,779,459, 7,650,634, 7,302,700, 7,093,280 and 6,772,347, which Juniper said PAN was infringing. PAN was founded by …

Cloud pricing begins to take hold inside the firewall

The growth in cloud computing is starting to affect the way technology companies charge and license their on-premises products, which could save IT pros money but also make budget planning much more difficult. Though public clouds are not the right model for many companies, the interest the technology has drawn from techies to …
Jack Clark, 11 Jul 2013
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Dropbox unblocked in China ... for now

Sync 'n’ share service Dropbox is available again in China almost four years after the Great Firewall decided to block it, but it may struggle to pull in punters given the large number of local rivals that have launched in the meantime. Dropbox was banned by the authorities in May 2010 in a typically Chinese way; without warning …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2014
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Architect of Great Firewall of China 'takes shoe to face'

The creator of the Great Firewall of China was reportedly pelted with shoes and eggs during a visit to Wuhan University last week. Fang Binxing was hit by one of the Nike trainers flung by an anonymous protestor*, whose actions have been met with a groundswell of online support, The Guardian reports. Staff in the office of Fang …
John Leyden, 23 May 2011
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Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool

Dot-UK registry Nominet temporarily went titsup on Thursday afternoon, much to the chagrin of its customers. The not-for-profit, Oxford-based company coughed to a technical cockup that knocked some of its services offline for roughly 10 minutes, according to a flurry of complaints from registrars. In a statement to The Register …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jan 2014
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Android Marketplace blocked by Great Firewall of China

China appears to have tightened up its Great Firewall, interfering with Google services in what appears to be a reprisal against the Chocolate Factory playing politics. Access to the Android Marketplace has been blocked entirely from within China as The Next Web reports, but locals are also complaining that Android handsets are …
Bill Ray, 10 Oct 2011

Dimmed but not out: Lantern anti-censorship tool blocked in China

China’s formidable censorship apparatus has finally caught up with a Washington-backed tool designed to help users bypass the Great Firewall, but its creators have vowed to bounce back. Lantern works like a P2P network, allowing users with access to the free internet to share their connections with those whose access is …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Dec 2013
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Chinese Kindles hop firewall to freedom

Kindle users in China are able to surf the internet unimpeded by the Great Firewall, as the authorities have yet to recognise the threat the e-book reader represents. The Kindle isn't officially available in China yet, though grey imports are bought and sold on local auction sites. Once activated, it has emerged, the Kindle's " …
Bill Ray, 03 Nov 2010
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Dell splashes cash on SonicWall's powerful firewall erections

John Swainson, president of Dell Software, took control of the giant's nascent software business last week and has moved fast, using the Dell checkbook to snap up SonicWall – a firewall and threat-management software and appliance maker – for an undisclosed sum. SonicWall, which was founded in 1991 by brothers Sreekanth and …

China chastises cheeky chirpers with WeChat clampdown

China’s censors appear to have turned their focus onto Tencent’s popular WeChat messaging platform, suspending and blocking several widely read public accounts in a bid to control online discussions. At least 12 accounts, some of which had hundreds of thousands of followers, were suspended last week and replaced with the …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Mar 2014
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China tunes out Soundcloud for a weekend

Fans of online music sharing platform Soundcloud living in China were left scratching their heads over the weekend after the site appeared to have become the latest blocked by the authorities. TechInAsia was tipped off last Friday that the site was down. Although Berlin-based Soundcloud would appear to pose little threat to the …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Sep 2013
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Steelie Neelie batters at China's Great Firewall

China's Great Firewall is acting as a block to international business and should be tackled by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), according to European Competiton Commissioner Neelie Kroes. In Shanghai today, she said that the array of technical measures designed by Beijing to stop citizens accessing banned websites was also …
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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

Microsoft seems to have realised what most everyone figured out years ago: come April 9 there will still be millions upon millions of computers running Windows XP and therefore open to all sorts of potential attacks. Redmond's recognition of the problem appears in a new ”Cyber threats to Windows XP and guidance for Small …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Mar 2014

China challenged to take down ALL of AWS and Google

Non-profit anti-censorship body GreatFire.org has created a mirrored site that allows users in China to view the recently blocked Reuters site, in a move which could take down thousands of websites in the PRC if the authorities decide to play hardball. Reuters China and the local language version of the Wall Street Journal were …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Nov 2013
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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

Brit uber-boffin Prof Stephen Hawking has quietly published a new paper proposing a radical rethink of the nature of black holes, which have been a major part of his life's work. Hawking's paper [PDF], Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes has been submitted for peer review and attempts to apply both …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2014

China's censors censor press censorship report

China’s "Ministry of Truth" has been busy again today, ordering websites inside the Great Firewall to delete all mention of its lowly position, fifth bottom, on the latest Press Freedom Index report from Reporters Without Borders. The directive from the State Council Information Office on Tuesday, obtained by China Digital Times …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Feb 2014
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Great Firewall of Pakistan erection stroked with govt cash

The Pakistani government has taken the unusual step of touting for firms it thinks could help build it a nationwide content-filtering service capable of blocking up to 50 million websites. In a move denounced by privacy campaigners and some technology providers, regulator the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority published a …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Mar 2012
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Infected Chinese inventory scanners ships off logistics intel

A Chinese manufacturer has been accused of implanting malware that steals supply chain intelligence in its hand-held scanner firmware. Security firm TrapX says infected scanners have been sold to eight unnamed firms including a large robotics company. Variants of the malware broke into enterprise resource planning platforms to …
Darren Pauli, 11 Jul 2014

Apple pulls VPN app, helps censors' job in China

Apple has come under fire in China for kowtowing to Beijing, after withdrawing an app which allowed users to circumvent the Great Firewall. OpenDoor, which markets itself as a browser and helps users circumvent local internet restrictions like a VPN, was pulled from the Chinese version of iTunes without warning in July, …
Phil Muncaster, 04 Oct 2013
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Palo Alto Networks splashes $US200 million on Cyvera

Palo Alto Networks has announced that it's buying Tel Aviv-based Cyvera for $US200 million, including $US88 million in cash. The attraction is the Israeli company's TRAPS (Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System), an endpoint protection system for Windows machines, which PAN will add to its existing firewall and cloud security …
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Riverbed slips McAfee firewall into WAN optimizers

Riverbed Technology, which leads the WAN optimization appliance market in terms of customer count and installed base, has teamed up with security software and hardware appliance maker McAfee to load the latter's enterprise-grade firewall onto the its WAN appliances. The Steelhead appliances are - like a lot of servers, storage …
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China ready to unblock access to Facebook, Twitter et al

The Chinese government may have finally relented in allowing unfettered access to previously blocked sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but only for users within the newly-created 28km2 Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Anonymous government sources told Hong Kong newspaper The South China Morning Post that senior leaders in Beijing had …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Sep 2013
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GE patches gap in infosec capabilities with Wurldtech buy

Years after the infosec world noticed the chronic insecurity of SCADA kit, industrial giant GE has decided it needs to improve its in-house capabilities by announcing that it's to acquire Wurldtech. Founded in 2006, Wurldtech's product portfolio, sold under the Achilles brand, includes a test suite and industrial firewall …
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China's lifting of internet blockade denied by state media

Hopes that the Chinese government was about to relax its strict internet censorship regime in Shanghai appear to have been dashed after state-run media ran stories denying previous reports. An “exclusive” from Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post on Tuesday, referencing anonymous government sources, claimed that the Great …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Sep 2013