Google sees China traffic drop
Monitor organisation says search giant’s services were blocked
Google Inc reported increased traffic on its Chinese sites following an earlier announcement of an unusual decline and claim from Internet monitor that said Google services had been blocked, Bloomberg reported yesterday.
Google's Transparency Report, which measures traffic to all its sites, showed an above-average slump on Friday. Greatfire.org, an Internet watchdog that monitors traffic and Web access on the Asian giant's sites, said the company's services, including email, maps and cloud data storage, had been blocked in China.
The Chinese government, which is in the process of appointing new government officials, has long held control on the nation's media infrastructure and has blocked sites in the past that it considered in breach of state regulations.
Google said in 2010 that it would not comply and shuttered its local search page, redirecting users to a Hong Kong site.
"We've checked and there's nothing wrong on our end," Google said on Friday.
Bloomberg reported that New York-based Chinese officials referred all queries to Beijing and that emailed requests for clarification were not immediately answered by the Chinese foreign ministry.
Greatfire.org reported that requests for Google services were recently being routed to another site located in Korea, in a tactic known as DNS poisoning or cache poisoning. The same technique is frequently harnessed by malware propagators to download code exploits on to client devices.
In June 2010, following its decision to route searches to Hong Kong, Google said some Web search services in China were being partially blocked. Hong Kong is not subject to Web restrictions imposed in mainland China.