Journalists' Yahoo Accounts Hacked in China; Google Properties Blocked?

Kara Reeder
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Will Google Take a Stand in China?

 

According to The Associated Press, it appears that the Yahoo e-mail accounts of at least three journalists and an analyst have been hacked. However, PCWorld.com puts the number closer to eight foreign journalists working in China and Taiwan, while The New York Times says it was more than a dozen activists.

 

In any case, when the victims tried to access their accounts they received an automated message that read, "We have detected an issue with your account." One victim, whose service was restored, says the Yahoo representative told him that somebody had hacked into his registration details.

 

These attacks come on the heels of Google's decision to close its Google.cn site and redirect users to a non-censored search engine based in Hong Kong. However, it seems that China may be blocking that content as well. The Associated Press also reports that Google's Chinese search engine was intermittently blocked this week. Searches for benign terms brought up results on Chinese competitors such as Baidu.com and Soso.com, however, an error page would appear when the same terms were typed into Google.com.hk.

 


The disruptions don't end there. As IT Business Edge blogger Lora Bentley reported yesterday, Google's mobile services were partially blocked over the weekend. Google hasn't commented on the disruptions and, of course, Chinese officials are claiming ignorance. As Lora points out:

The disruptions could indicate that the Chinese government plans to block Google from the country completely and long-term.

A recent survey by Symantec showed that most of the targeted malware distributed in March came from China even though most of the e-mail servers used to push the scams were physically located in the U.S.



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Apr 1, 2010 11:48 AM Mao Ze Wrong Mao Ze Wrong  says:

Goodbye google, China welcomes its first homegrown English search engine:

Choogling

Beijing-in China, no more googling. Get ready for choogling!

  Beijing-based CSR announces today the beta-test release of the first-ever international search engine, completely conceived and coded in China, and devised with the Chinese market in mind: www.choogling.com

  The name, as it sounds, is a blend of China + googling = choogling. But choogling is derived from 'chu-ge,' (the sounds of a people surrounded by enemies) and 'ling' (clever, as in response to a sharp insult). Taken together, choogling is a clever retort to google and the world.

  Choogling will offer fast, uncensored searches, using innovative switches to offer results that can either be authentic or in keeping with Chinese views. The new search engine will go online later this month, following extensive testing.

  Choogling is the first in a line of integrated services, which will include ling-lingmail, a global positioning system (choogps), and an innovative social networking system synchronized across internet and mobile systems (ichoogling-think twitter, facebook and youtube, all banned in China, wrapped together).

  Together with local partners, CSR plans to launch, later in the year, a new online encyclopedia with correct Chinese takes on current events and world history: chipedia

  Complete details: http://chinareallysucks.com/Site/New_Stuff/New_Stuff.html

  Interviews available with CSR director Mao Ze Wrong

  Contact: chinareallysucks@gmail.com

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