Posts Tagged ‘China’

Google+ Made Unavailable In China

Published by pratyushkp on July 1st, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Google+, the search giant’s social network, has already been made unavailable in China.

According to Great Firewall of China, a China-based service that checks the availability of sites within the country, Google+ has been made inaccessible just a day after its debut. Sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare are already blocked in the country, which has a famously restrictive censorship policy over its Internet.

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Japanese ‘K’ Computer Now Fastest In The World

Published by pratyushkp on June 21st, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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The world’s most powerful computer is now in Japan.

According to The New York Times, the computer, called “K,” is three times faster than the next fastest computer, a Chinese computer, Tianhe-1A, that previously held the highest spot.

K, built by Fujitsu, can make 8.2 quadrillion calculations each second. “K” stands for “Kei,” meaning 10 quadrillion, or the number of calculations per second researchers hope K will one day be able to perform per second. K’s abilities are the equivalent of linking one million desktop computers.

K is made out of 672 computer racks, with 68,544 computer processing units (CPUs) but the lab plans to raise that number to 800 racks, a move that will make the machine even speedier and more powerful.

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Tags: Central processing unit, , Desktop computer, Flickr, Fujitsu, , , Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RIKEN, Supercomputer, Tianhe-I, TOP500

Government officials, activists targeted in Gmail attack

Published by pratyushkp on June 2nd, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Google has posted to their blog information about a targeted attack against the personal Gmail accounts of US government officials, political activists, military personnel and journalists.

Mila from contagioblog provides much more detailed information about the attacks. The messages appear to be handcrafted and spoofed to seem to be from governmental colleagues of many of the victims.

Normally attachments in Gmail appear with a paper clip and links to view or download the item. The attackers created HTML that used fake attachment links that actually lead to a phishing page designed to look identical to the Gmail login page.

Mila wrote about these attacks in February, but the big news is Google sharing this information publicly. Most organizations prefer to keep security problems to themselves and maintain the illusion that their services are perfectly secure.

While this attack is not specifically a problem with Gmail, it is a widespread security weakness in many cloud services. Google sharing information with the public about how these attacks are executed helps all of us learn from these situations and build better systems.

Google gives some good advice in their post, although it seems strange that they feel the need to push Google Chrome as a solution to all security problems…

How should we respond to this news? We should take a moment to remind our users about best practices when using web-enabled technologies.

If you are ever presented with a login screen in your browser and you didn’t type in the address of the site you are trying to visit, close the window. Only enter your password into pages where you entered in the URL.

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  • Government officials, activists targeted in Gmail attack (
  • Chinese Gmail Attack Targets ‘Senior’ U.S. Officials (
  • Spear phishers target gov, military officials via Gmail (
  • Google: Group In China Targeted Senior US Officials, Chinese Activists, Others With Phishing Attack (
  • Google: Chinese attackers monitoring Gmail of activists, journalists, officials (
  • Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Officials in Gmail Phishing Attack (
  • Google Uncovers Suspected Source of Gmail Hacking to be from China (
  • Google attack: blaming China ‘unacceptable’ (
  • Google users come under Chinese attack (
Tags: Activism, , , , , , HTML, , Targeted threat

Rumor: Facebook Partners with Baidu for China Site

Published by pratyushkp on April 12th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
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Facebook is currently ‘studying and learning’ about China

Popular social networking site Facebook was buzzing the web yesterday for a rumour about entering a partnership deal with Chinese search engine – Baidu. Citing a person familiar with the matter, a Chinese website reported that Facebook has signed a co-operation agreement with Baidu to work together in future for creating a new social networking website.

That new website would be a Facebook’s formal entry in China. Facebook spokesperson Debbie Frost, in response to an AFP inquiry, said “We are currently studying and learning about China, as part of evaluating any possible approaches that could benefit our users, developers and advertisers.”

Just to refresh the history, China has blocked several social networking sites which also includes Facebook. Obviously, the social network doesn’t want to miss out on one of the largest Internet using region. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was reported of having several meetings with Baidu’s CEO Robin Li and that’s when the agreements were rumoured to have been signed.

Despite Facebook’s clarification of no partnership at the moment, the deal, if it would have taken place, seems really beneficial for both. Baidu is China’s largest search engine and Facebook is top social network. Together, they can work on a harmonious strategy to tap the potential business opportunity in China.

The point to be noted here is that Facebook isn’t denying anything about the possible deal but giving a justification that it is currently studying and learning about China to benefit users, developers and advertisers. China already has a substitute or replacement services of popular social networks like Twitter – Sina. We won’t be surprised if we see a China specific social network developed by Facebook and powered by Baidu.

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  • Rumor: Facebook entering China with help from Baidu (
  • Rumored Facebook-Baidu partnership not a done deal (
  • Facebook Strikes China Deal With Baidu (BIDU) (
  • Facebook Reaches Deal For China Site With Baidu, Sohu Reports (
  • Facebook, Baidu Said To Enter Social Networking Deal (
  • Facebook ‘signs’ independent social network deal with Baidu (
  • Facebook Gains Access To China (
  • Counter rumor: Facebook has not signed a deal in China (
  • Facebook and Baidu Reported in Social Networking Deal (
  • Facebook teams with Baidu for new social network in China (
Tags: Baidu, , , Government of the People's Republic of China, , Robin Li, ,

China to Ban Skype, Internet Phone Calls

Published by pratyushkp on January 24th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Internet Phone Calls would be allowed only through two-state owned telephone networks

Continuing its agenda to supposedly purify its country, China has now announced that all Internet phone calls services like Skype would soon be banned. Two state owned networks – China Unicom and China Telecom would be the only ones to offer Internet Phone calls, reported Telegraph.

Back in November, China reportedly blocked about 60,000 porn websites and 5000 people offering obscene content.

People’s Daily, the official voice of Communist Party stated, “(The ban) is expected to make services like Skype unavailable in the country. China has already blocked popular Internet services like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Certain Chinese users of Twitter service noted that Skype download was no longer working, however, the service appeared to be functional.
As we all know that Skype is going through a rough technical patch right now and hence it’s possible that something might be wrong at Skype’s end. In an official statement, Skype said that Skype is accessible in China through its partner – Tom Online.
The Chinese ministry of Industry and Information Technology that issues licenses to telecommunication companies, declined to comment on the regulations that would take effect in case of Internet Phone Calls.
Blocking pornographic content was understandable to a certain level, but totally banning the Internet Phone Calls is a pretty stern approach. Whatever services that get banned, users always find out a workaround to access and use them.
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