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Google Versus China
Two giants battling on the Internet. Google wants freedom, China is the world's largest censor on the Internet. Google is big, China bigger. It can and has unplugged Google before. China has its own search engines configured to block out words the government deems "bad for public thought". It is a war in the digital era.
China's Internet security is itself an army. Iran is creating its own cyber army. Both combat and hack into suspected accounts to keep their populations "docile, under control". It is like Orwell's, 1984. Google, the dragon slayer, now warns all of their Gmail accounts in China when an account has been compromised by the Chinese Internet Army. The message states: "Warning: We believe state sponsored attackers may be attempting to compromise your computer or account". Google's detective engineers monitor the Chinese accounts for hacking and state the government frequently hacks into accounts there. In 2010, Google re-routed the searches through Hong Kong, which is uncensored for some odd reason (it is part of China).
Google has also warned its users and bloggers there to avoid "words that provoke the government to hack or disable your account", such are, names of Communist Party members, prisoner of the state, freedom and many others. Google also warns the user that should they use the terms in their searches or blogs\email, that should the connection be cut or lost, suspect the Chinese government of doing.
Google is set on politely embarrassing China by openly disclosing to the public what their government is doing. Users of the Internet in China are monitored all the time, while it may appear to be uncensored, it is not. Reaching the WWW from inside China is difficult, much like Iranians who try to. Users in China must use their real names, which is met to intimidate them and track them on accounts. Trying to search for Tiananmen Square will yield nothing. Last week, Chinese officials requested that the US Embassy stop publishing the horrid air pollution stats on Beijing online because, as the officials stated, "This type of information should not be released to the public".
China's population is huge and its government wants to make sure nothing might cause an "Arab Spring", so they go to extremes to block out information. Air pollution is one example. If the public knew how bad it was for their health, dissent could grow against the government.
That is why there is a Chinese Internet Army.