China’s ‘Great Canon’ Attacks Opponent Websites
China has reportedly developed a system to kick the unwanted websites out of the Internet world. The evidences for China’s digital assault on GitHub and Internet freedom group Great Fire have been detailed in a report published by interdisciplinary Citizen Lab, located at the University of Toronto.
According to Citizen lab’s report, China is using ‘Great Cannon’, the website-blocking system tasked to expeditiously halt the functioning of specific sites that are critical to its power system.
China’s attack on GitHub and Great Fire is apparently just the beginning of manipulation of adversary sites with its ‘Great Cannon.’ If the country’s stern stance persists against opposition, it may keep injecting viruses into the webpages that are supposed to be penetrated through China’s boarder routers in order to access the territory.
In the debut employment of ‘Great Cannon,’ China knocked down California-based GitHub.com and GreatFire.org. GitHub was, as the register observes, hosting two projects that were not complying with the instructions signed by the Chinese censorship system, dubbed as The Great Firewall. While GreatFire.org is a more direct foe because it openly opposes China’s web blocking mechanism.
Both the websites had serious repercussions on wider scale. As “millions” of Great Fire’s users were affected by the attacks and GitHub said that this was the largest attack it faced ever.
“In the attack on GitHub and GreatFire.org, the Great Cannon intercepted traffic sent to Baidu infrastructure servers that host commonly used analytics, social, or advertising scripts,” the university researchers explained in a blog post on Friday.
It is important to notify here that China has denied its role behind these malicious attacks.