Add an S for Uncensored Google Search in China

The Great Firewall of China censors hundreds of keywords. In the case of Google, this means that if you search for any of them the result is the infamous Connection Reset. However, if you use the encrypted version of Google, the firewall cannot filter the connection based on keywords. Accessing the encrypted version of Google from China takes a few tweaks, but it is not blocked. The reason that it's not straightforward to use is that Google redirects you to other URLs depending on what you start out with. Here's an overview:

You go toYou're redirected toEncrypted (HTTPS)Can search for blocked keywordsAccessible in China
http://www.google.cnhttp://www.google.com.hk *NNY
http://www.google.comhttp://www.google.com.hkNNY
https://www.google.comhttp://www.google.com.hkNNY
https://www.google.com/ncrhttp://www.google.comNNY
https://encrypted.google.com-YYN
https://www.google.com.hk-YYY
https://www.google.co.uk-YYY

So, as you can see, if you enter https://www.google.com.hk or https://www.google.co.uk, you are not redirected, the site is encrypted, you can search for any keywords and the sites are not blocked in China. In other words, you have uncensored Google searches in China without a VPN.

Another alternative is to use the HTTPS Everywhere plugin available for Firefox and Chrome.

* The redirect on http://www.google.cn is manual, you have to click to go to the Hong Kong version of Google. All other redirects are done automatically, without the user being informed.

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We are under attack

We are under attack and we need help.

Likely in response to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), we’ve experienced our first ever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This tactic is used to bring down web pages by flooding them with lots of requests - at the time of writing they number 2.6 billion requests per hour. Websites are not equipped to handle that kind of volume so they usually “break” and go offline.

This kind of attack is aggressive and is an exhibition of censorship by brute force. Attackers resort to tactics like this when they are left with no other options.

We are not equipped to handle a DDoS attack of this magnitude and we need help. Some background:

  • The attack started on March 17 and we are receiving up to 2.6 billion requests per hour which is about 2500 times more than normal levels.

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