China Blocks Google Services & Websites

Google is reporting a sharp drop in its China traffic. According to ‘Transparency Report’ a website operated by Google, the traffic to Google and its related services such as GMail and Google search dropped sharply after the service was blocked in certain parts of China. The Google Transparency Report is a tool that provides information about traffic to Google services around the world.

Google meanwhile has confirmed the blockage. One of its spokesperson said, We’ve checked and there’s nothing wrong on our end.” The cause of the blockage still remains unclear and therefore needs to be ascertained – but its is apparent that the Communist Party meet in China resulted in sharp decline of Google’s traffic to its services.

Another website called GreatFire has raised uncertainty over Google’s future in China. The site which collects data and tracks blocked web sites and searches (focusing especially on Google and popular Chinese search engine Baidu) reported many of Google subdomains on Friday were “DNS poisoned”, meaning most visitors were redirected to an alternate or non-existent website upon visiting.

Chinese users can try and access Google’s country-specific domains like google.co.uk or you can also access Google directly using one of their IP addresses like:

  • http://74.125.228.64
  • http://74.125.228.65
  • http://74.125.228.66
  • http://74.125.228.67
  • http://74.125.228.68
  • http://74.125.228.69
  • http://74.125.228.70
  • http://74.125.228.71
  • http://74.125.228.72
  • http://74.125.228.73
  • http://74.125.228.78

Following conflicts over content, Google’s YouTube video service was already made inaccessible in China in 2009. Maybe this is another attempt from the security-conscious Chinese government to prevent its people from using Google in China.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.