Government reset - Hu's blocked and who's not in the Chinese Politburo

China's top leadership body is the Politburo which has 25 members. Of these, nine make up the Standing Committee which is the Chinese government's most important decision-making group. Seven of the nine are expected to be replaced this year. One of the candidates to fill these vacancies, Bo Xilai, was recently ousted in a scandal. Not surprisingly, much of the reporting on this incident is censored in China. More surprising, perhaps, is that all other members of the Politburo are censored on the Chinese Internet.

The following is a summary of all Politburo members and whether they are censored on Baidu, Google and Wikipedia, searching for their names in Chinese or Pinyin, respectively. Censorship on Baidu is marked in yellow and refers to confirmed self-censorship. Censorship on Google and Wikipedia is marked in red and refers to complete blocking of those pages. You can click on either to get more info on the results, or to test again in real time.

The discrepancy in results between Chinese character searches and searches in Pinyin may shed a little light on who is deemed to be a true danger when it comes to censorship.

 

Politburo Standing Committee

Rank名字, Name百度, Baidu谷歌, Google維基百科, Wikipedia
1胡锦涛baidu: 胡锦涛google: 胡锦涛zh.wikipedia: 胡锦涛
 Hu Jintaobaidu: Hu Jintaogoogle: Hu Jintaoen.wikipedia: Hu Jintao
2吴邦国baidu: 吴邦国google: 吴邦国zh.wikipedia: 吴邦国
 Wu Bangguobaidu: Wu Bangguogoogle: Wu Bangguoen.wikipedia: Wu Bangguo
3温家宝baidu: 温家宝google: 温家宝zh.wikipedia: 温家宝
 Wen Jiabaobaidu: Wen Jiabaogoogle: Wen Jiabaoen.wikipedia: Wen Jiabao
4贾庆林baidu: 贾庆林google: 贾庆林zh.wikipedia: 贾庆林
 Jia Qinglinbaidu: Jia Qinglingoogle: Jia Qinglinen.wikipedia: Jia Qinglin
5李长春baidu: 李长春google: 李长春zh.wikipedia: 李长春
 Li Changchunbaidu: Li Changchungoogle: Li Changchunen.wikipedia: Li Changchun
6习近平baidu: 习近平google: 习近平zh.wikipedia: 习近平
 Xi Jinpingbaidu: Xi Jinpinggoogle: Xi Jinpingen.wikipedia: Xi Jinping
7李克强baidu: 李克强google: 李克强zh.wikipedia: 李克强
 Li Keqiangbaidu: Li Keqianggoogle: Li Keqiangen.wikipedia: Li Keqiang
8贺国强baidu: 贺国强google: 贺国强zh.wikipedia: 贺国强
 He Guoqiangbaidu: He Guoqianggoogle: He Guoqiangen.wikipedia: He Guoqiang
9周永康baidu: 周永康google: 周永康zh.wikipedia: 周永康
 Zhou YongkangTest nowTest nowzh.wikipedia: Zhou Yongkang

Other Politburo Members

名字, Name百度, Baidu谷歌, Google維基百科, Wikipedia
薄熙来baidu: 薄熙来google: 薄熙来zh.wikipedia: 薄熙来
Bo Xilaibaidu: Bo Xilaigoogle: Bo Xilaien.wikipedia: Bo Xilai
郭伯雄baidu: 郭伯雄google: 郭伯雄zh.wikipedia: 郭伯雄
Guo Boxiongbaidu: Guo Boxionggoogle: Guo Boxiongen.wikipedia: Guo Boxiong
回良玉baidu: 回良玉google: 回良玉zh.wikipedia: 回良玉
Hui Liangyubaidu: Hui Liangyugoogle: Hui Liangyuen.wikipedia: Hui Liangyu
李源潮baidu: 李源潮google: 李源潮zh.wikipedia: 李源潮
Li Yuanchaobaidu: Li Yuanchaogoogle: Li Yuanchaoen.wikipedia: Li Yuanchao
刘淇baidu: 刘淇google: 刘淇zh.wikipedia: 刘淇
Liu Qibaidu: Liu Qigoogle: Liu Qien.wikipedia: Liu_Qi_(politician)
刘延东baidu: 刘延东google: 刘延东zh.wikipedia: 刘延东
Liu Yandongbaidu: Liu Yandonggoogle: Liu Yandongen.wikipedia: Liu Yandong
刘云山baidu: 刘云山google: 刘云山zh.wikipedia: 刘云山
Liu Yunshanbaidu: Liu Yunshangoogle: Liu Yunshanen.wikipedia: Liu Yunshan
王刚baidu: 王刚google: 王刚zh.wikipedia: 王刚_(政治人物)
Wang Gangbaidu: Wang Ganggoogle: Wang Gangen.wikipedia: Wang_Gang_(politician)
王乐泉baidu: 王乐泉google: 王乐泉zh.wikipedia: 王乐泉
Wang Lequanbaidu: Wang Lequangoogle: Wang Lequanen.wikipedia: Wang Lequan
王岐山baidu: 王岐山google: 王岐山zh.wikipedia: 王岐山
Wang Qishanbaidu: Wang Qishangoogle: Wang Qishanen.wikipedia: Wang Qishan
汪洋baidu: 汪洋google: 汪洋zh.wikipedia: 汪洋
Wang Yangbaidu: Wang Yanggoogle: Wang Yangen.wikipedia: Wang_Yang_(politician)
王兆国baidu: 王兆国google: 王兆国zh.wikipedia: 王兆国
Wang Zhaoguobaidu: Wang Zhaoguogoogle: Wang Zhaoguoen.wikipedia: Wang Zhaoguo
徐才厚baidu: 徐才厚google: 徐才厚zh.wikipedia: 徐才厚
Xu Caihoubaidu: Xu Caihougoogle: Xu Caihouen.wikipedia: Xu Caihou
俞正声baidu: 俞正声google: 俞正声zh.wikipedia: 俞正声
Yu Zhengshengbaidu: Yu Zhengshenggoogle: Yu Zhengshengen.wikipedia: Yu Zhengsheng
张德江baidu: 张德江google: 张德江zh.wikipedia: 张德江
Zhang Dejiangbaidu: Zhang Dejianggoogle: Zhang Dejiangen.wikipedia: Zhang Dejiang
张高丽baidu: 张高丽google: 张高丽zh.wikipedia: 张高丽
Zhang Gaolibaidu: Zhang Gaoligoogle: Zhang Gaolien.wikipedia: Zhang Gaoli

Some results are inconclusive. Here are some possible reasons for this:

  1. There are occasional glitches in the Great Firewall of China. Generally unblocked keywords can sometimes be unaccessible for a range of reasons. Likewise, generally blocked keywords or websites can occassionally be accessible.
  2. A yellow mark for Google or Wikipedia means that the page was very slow to load, not that it was blocked. Foreign websites are generally slow to access from China; some are sometimes or always particilarly slow.
  3. The data may include genuine changes over time. Most of these keywords have only been added to our database for testing recently. But you can click on all of them to view their history and test them again in real time.

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Mon, Jan 26, 2015

An Open Letter to Lu Wei and the Cyberspace Administration of China

January 26, 2015

Beijing, China

 

Mr. Lu Wei

Director of the Cyberspace Administration of the People’s Republic of China 中央网络安全和信息化领导小组办公室主任

Director of the State Internet Information Office 国家互联网信息办公室主任

Deputy Director of the Central Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party 中共中央宣传部副部长

Cyberspace Administration of China,

Floor 1, Building 1,

Software Park, Chinese Academy of Sciences,

4 South 4th Street, Zhongguancun,

Beijing, China, 100190

 

Dear Mr. Lu,

On January 22, 2015, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which is under your direct control, wrote a response to a story we published about an MITM attack on Microsoft. In the post, your colleague, Jiang Jun, labelled our accusations as "groundless" and  "unsupported speculation, a pure slanderous act by overseas anti-China forces".

We at GreatFire.org take great offense to these comments and we will refute them in this letter.

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

Outlook grim - Chinese authorities attack Microsoft

On January 17, we received reports that Microsoft’s email system, Outlook (which was merged with Hotmail in 2013), was subjected to a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack in China.

The following screenshot shows what happens when a Chinese user accesses Outlook via an email client (in this case, Ice-dove):

We have tested Outlook to verify the attack and have produced the same results. IMAP and SMTP for Outlook were under a MITM attack. Do note however that the web interfaces (https://outlook.com and https://login.live.com/ ) were not affected. The attack lasted for about a day and has now ceased.

This form of attack is especially devious because the warning messages users receive from their email clients are much less noticeable than the warning messages delivered to modern browsers (see screenshot at the end of this post for comparison).

(Sample error message from default iPhone mail client)

Fri, Jan 09, 2015

GFW upgrade fail - visitors to blocked sites redirected to porn

In the past, the Chinese authorities’ DNS poisoning system would direct Chinese internet users who were trying to access Facebook, Twitter and other blocked websites (without the use of a circumvention tool) to a set of fake IP addresses that are blocked in China or are non-existent. After waiting for some time, Chinese internet users would receive a timeout message if they were trying to access a blocked site.

However, with the new DNS poisoning system, in addition to those IP addresses used before, the Chinese authorities are using real IP addresses that actually host websites and are accessible in China. For example, https://support.dnspod.cn/Tools/tools/ shows that if a user tries to access Facebook from China, they might instead land on a random web page, e.g. http://178.62.75.99

Below is a screenshot by a Chinese user when he was trying to access our GreatFire.org website which was blocked in China. He was redirected to a goverment site in Korea. In essense, GFW is sending Chinese users to DDOS the Korea government's website.

One Chinese Internet user reported to us that when he tried to access Facebook in China, he was sent to a Russian website, unrelated to Facebook. Another user tweeted that he was redirected to an German adult site when he tried to access a website for a VPN.

某墙你这什么意思,DNS 污染返回给我一个德国工口站的 IP,满屏很黄很暴力弹弹弹(

— nil (@xierch) January 4, 2015

Wed, Dec 31, 2014

CNNIC leadership change coincides with blocking of Gmail

On December 26, 2014, in an announcement posted on their website, a new chairperson for CNNIC was directly appointed by the Cyberspace Administration of China. The announcement of this appointment coincided with the complete blocking of Gmail.

Cyberspace Administration of China (中央网信办) is chaired by Lu Wei, “China’s web doorkeeper”. Lu Wei is also the vice chair of the Central Propaganda Department, according to his official resume.

chair.png

This office is directly responsible for the blocking of Gmail and other websites including Facebook, Twitter and Google.

CNNIC is China’s certification authority and operates the country’s domain name registry. 

What are certificates used for?

Certificates are used primarily to verify the identity of a person or device, authenticate a service, or encrypt files. 

What is a certification authority (CA)?  

Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Gmail completely blocked in China

All Google products in China have been severely disrupted since June of this year and Chinese users have not been able to access Gmail via its web interface since the summer. However, email protocols such as IMAP, SMTP and POP3 had been accessible but are not anymore. These protocols are used in the default email app on iPhone, Microsoft Outlook on PC and many more email clients.

On December 26, GFW started to block large numbers of IP addresses used by Gmail. These IP addresses are used by IMAP/SMTP/POP3. Chinese users now have no way of accessing Gmail behind the GFW. Before, they could still send or receive emails via email clients even though Gmail's web interface was not accessible. 

Google's own traffic chart shows a sharp decline of Chinese traffic to Gmail. 

Below is a ping request to the Gmail SMTP server, which is completely inaccessible in China.

 

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