You didn’t think that just because Google started redirecting its Google.cn domain to its Hong Kong site, we were coming to a neat compromise to the big brouhaha between the search giant and China, did you? Oh no, brother, this thing is far from over.
China has now responded by whipping its state computers into a filtering frenzy, blocking and censoring out content it considers objectionable from Google’s HK-based search results. Adding to its show of strength, it’s expected the Chinese government’s influence will also result in China Mobile canceling a deal to have Google as its default search provider on mobile handsets.
A 76-year-old retired Dutch maths teacher described yesterday how for more than 25 years he was feted by communist leaders around the world as the inspired head of a radical Marxist-Leninist party that never, in fact, existed.
As Chris Petersen, head of the supposedly 600-member Marxist-Leninist party of the Netherlands, Pieter Boevé travelled to Beijing more than two dozen times and met Mao Zedong. He was also welcomed with open arms in Albania by Enver Hoxha, and in the eastern bloc capitals of Europe.
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This remarkable scene combines multiple exposures recorded on the evening of January 18th from a waterside perspective in Hong Kong, China. It follows a young crescent Moon, with brilliant planet Jupiter to its left, as they set together in the western sky. Their two luminous trails are faintly paralleled by trails of background stars.
But easier to pick out are the short, bright airplane trails converging toward the horizon and the Hong Kong International Airport that seem to offer a frenzied imitation of the celestial tracks. Of course, the reflection of city lights and boat traffic follows the water’s surface. Streaking car lights define the span of the cable-stayed Ting Kau bridge.
The attack against Hotmail results in outgoing spam and the loss of all contacts and most sent e-mail.
Reports are circulating the web of a Hotmail crack resulting in the loss of saved e-mails and users’ entire contacts list, along with spam being sent out from the affected accounts.
Following a tip-off from Spotibot developer Andy Smith – who has first-hand experience of the phenomenon, having provided support to a family member affected by the crack – evidence of a co-ordinated attack against Hotmail users which aims to take over accounts and use them to send out spam for Chinese-based electronics websites has been uncovered.
If Google is the Borg, Google Toolbar is the Terminator: just when you think you’ve killed it, it comes right back to murderize the Sarah Connor that is your privacy. What a creepy move.
Ben Edelman ran a few tests with the Google Toolbar, and found that, yes, Google keeps tracking your browsing even after you politely ask it not to. They also make it easy to enable certain tracking features and much more difficult to disable the same.
Edelman also found that Google’s disclosures have gotten worse over time, to the point of being downright duplicitous:
The People’s Republic has unveiled more details on its quest to phase U.S.-made processors from its microchip diet. China’s next supercomputer will run purely on Chinese processors, possibly before the end of this year.
China has been developing its own CPUs at the state-run Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) for several years, but iterations of its chip – known as Loongson or “Dragon Core” – have been incapable of breaking into the elite ranks of supercomputing. China’s last supercomputer, the Dawning 5000a, was intended to run on Loongson processors, but was eventually constructed around AMD processors when the ICT couldn’t deliver a powerful enough chip quickly enough.
A couple of days ago, Google announced a plan to stop censoring the Chinese version of their search engine, threatening to pull out from the Chinese market altogether. One of the main reason behind this decision was a sophisticated hacker attack on Google which came, Google claims, directly from China.
The attack, which used a flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and a trojan named Hydraq is considered sophisticated not only because of the attackers’ level of technical expertise, but also because the attackers knew exactly who to attack. Now, Reuters’ source claims that the hackers have had help from Google itself.
Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident–albeit a significant one–was something quite different.
First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.
A man uses a laptop computer at a wireless cafe in Beijing. China's top search engine Baidu has been hacked in what state media said was an attack by a pro-Iranian government group that replaced the usual home page with an Iranian flag.
China’s top search engine Baidu was hacked Tuesday in what state media said was an attack by a pro-Iranian government group that replaced the usual home page with an Iranian flag.
Internet users trying to access the site found a message saying “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army”, the People’s Daily reported on its website.