HTTPS Might No Longer be Safe in China: Netizen Report: Great Firewall Edition

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Global Voices

Since the middle of January, the battle between Chinese netizens and China's Great Firewall (GFW) has intensified: on January 18, the US-based code-sharing website GitHub, which Google China founding president Lee Kaifu called "the preferable tool for Chinese programmers to learn and connect with the world," was partially and then fully blocked by the GFW. The site was then unblocked on January 23. While netizens continued to speculate on possible events that may have triggered the blocking, GitHub underwent another attack wherein those using the site in China were greeted with a warning message [zh] regarding the website's security certificate - an indication that their connection to the site might not be secure.

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