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Internet Censorship From the People’s Republic of China

 

Also known as the Great Firewall of China, it is not uncommon to hear news about the difficulties there are of trying to access dedicated servers outside of the country of China such as accessing an American based dedicated server. We recently had a customer from China who could for some reason not gain access to his newly setup server. After checking with the Data Center to see if the server was indeed setup, online and responding to pings we decided to take a closer look as to why this customer was having such a problem gaining access. There was simply no ping response and tracerts resulted in a dead-end almost from the start.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping 64.191.5.117

Pinging 64.191.5.117 with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 64.191.5.117:

Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>

It turns out that after checking with a site located here: http://www.bestvpnservice.com/tools/chinese-firewall-test.php it became apparent that the IP’s were being blocked by this “firewall”. Was it a possible isolated spam or miscellaneous abuse issue? Not if almost the entire Data Center is completely blocked.

Is this something some Data Centers and web hosting providers have to be concerned about with all orders? Will we have to check with the government of China or the local Chinese ISP’s to make sure the server can be accessed? It is a concern to every Data Center and it is very likely not going to be possible in any way (for Hosting And Designs L.L.C. anyway) to change a governments decision on what and why certain sites are blocked. If Facebook is blocked too, we know there is going to be one tough uphill struggle.

 

For more information and for an interesting read, please visit this page at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_People’s_Republic_of_China

Ironically, Wikipedia seems to sometimes be blocked from China as well…

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