Once again, Google Gmail users in China have had trouble accessing their gmail accounts.
China denies any involvement in the problem and a Google official said “We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.”
Google wrote in its blog about hackers using security vulnerabilities in web browsers to attack some Gmail customers:
“We’ve noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target…”
This new disruption comes on the heels of political uprising around the world and throughout the Middle East, but heavy political and internet censorship in China has squashed most rebellions, including the recent “Jasmine Revolution” where protesters were arrested for placing white flowers outside a McDonald’s in Beijing.
Google censored search results in 2006 to gain entry into the Chinese market, and has succumbed to most Chinese government demands since then to keep the lucrative Chinese market open.
In 2010, Chinese political dissidents had their Gmail accounts hacked with the Chinese government denying any involvement.
Google has not made any attempt to lift its search result censors in retaliation to this new attack on its Gmail accounts in China.