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US firm claims Gmail service disrupted by Beijing

Is China waging a guerrilla war against Google? That’s what the US company is now claiming, saying that in recent weeks its Gmail service has deliberately been disrupted by the authorities in Beijing. The Associated Press quoted the American internet firm as saying the Gmail blockade was more sophisticated than previous attacks because it allowed the user to sometimes access their mail, but frustrated them at others. It also made it look like the problem was at Google’s end. “There is no issue on our side, we have checked extensively,” a Google spokesperson told the South China Morning Post. “This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.” The net result says the company is to put Chinese users off Gmail and persuade them to switch to a more ‘reliable’ domestic email account. These are easier for the government to monitor. It is thought the recent activity is related to the turmoil in the Middle East.


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