China’s ‘Nice Cannon’ Censors Overseas Web sites by Pressure: Report

There is a new software in China’s arsenal of Web censorship instruments: Along with the properly-recognized "Nice Firewall" blocking these within the nation from visiting sure websites, there’s now a "Nice Cannon" that deluges overseas web sites with visitors in an effort to take them offline. The method is detailed in a brand new report from the College of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which additionally cash the time period. It primarily works by hijacking visitors to a well-liked web site, on this case Chinese language search big Baidu, and redirecting it towards a goal — this time it was GreatFire.org, a website that screens censorship within the nation and offers entry to blocked materials.

"Conducting such a widespread assault clearly demonstrates the weaponization of the Chinese language Web to co-choose arbitrary computer systems throughout the online and out of doors of China to realize China’s coverage ends," reads the report. Such techniques may be configured to redirect and modify visitors coming from a goal particular person, as an alternative of any crossing a border or going to a sure web site. However Western authorities might have a clumsy time condemning the Nice Cannon, the researchers notice, as a result of the U.S. and U.Okay. have constructed very comparable methods with very comparable intentions, as indicated by paperwork leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

One of the best protection towards any adversary of this sort, overseas or home, is sweet encryption, the report concludes. If the info cannot be learn by hackers or spies within the first place, it will probably’t be tampered with.

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—Devin Coldewey
First revealed April 10 2015, eleven:fifty five AM