Gmail has been Blocked in china after six months of disruption
China is a well known country for censoring websites that have potential to distribute anti-government content. Earlier they blocked Facebook, twitter and many websites. Now, A news is coming that Google’s populer email service ‘Gmail’ is blocked for Chinese users.
Chinese have been unable to access their gmail accounts since Friday. According to Google’s research the real-time traffic to its gmail service in China dropping significantly on 26 December – and this traffic has not yet been restored. It is said to be the latest move by the Chinese government to shut down on web services outside china, but the Foreign Ministry of china is saying that they weren’t involved on this.
The block was firstly reported by a China-based freedom of speech advocacy group GreatFire.org. and than it was confirmed by Dyn Research group, and Google’s Transparency Report.
According to google their Data report tracks ongoing disruptions to Google services around the globe and The gmail traffic on china has been dramatically dropping since friday. Google has confirmed that it has not been caused by a problem with its servers.
According to Greatfire.org the government has blocked the gmail service . According to a memeber of Greatfire.org :
‘I think the government is just trying to further eliminate Google’s presence in China and even weaken its market overseas,’
They should be right because the chinese goverment done this many time. Google has already removed google search service from china in 2010 after a cyberattack was linked to the accounts of human rights activists.
According to dailymail :
Almost all of Google’s services have been heavily disrupted in China since June this year, but until last week Gmail users could still access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3.
These had let people communicate using Gmail on apps such as the Apple built-in Mail app and Microsoft Outlook.
The latest so-called block restricts access from an IP level, which means it catches people trying to access the service on any device or app when connected to a network.