Blocked in China… or Blocking China?

Weblog Tools Collection posted a link to the Great Firewall of China test site. The site purports to check to see if a given URL is blocked by the Chinese censors, and while a lot of people seem to criticize it for providing false positives, nobody seems to have considered the flipside – hosts blocking Chinese IPs from reaching their sites.

The Great Firewall reports that this site is blocked in China. It’s hard to say if that’s really the case, or if their (IP) address is blocked here.

Our host blocks a number of Chinese (and other) netblocks that have produced unwelcome levels of malignant traffic (hack/crack attempts, DDOSes, et cetera), and we block many more netblocks, either with .htaccess or thru WordPress – primarily comment and trackback spammers, but also netblocks owned by Cyveillance and other web content-monitoring corporations, and similarly malignant enterprises.

Just a reminder that traffic can be blocked from either end. I know, I know, it’s fun to portray the Chicoms as heartless, draconian, censorship-happy monsters who restrict access to websites at a whim… but keep in mind that with all the zombies and other compromised computers in China, a lot of Chinese /24s thru /9s are blocked elsewhere, for quite legitimate reasons that have little or nothing to do with censorship.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Meta, Security | on March 30th, 2007| Comments Off on Blocked in China… or Blocking China?

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