Date
24 November 2017
Chinese authorities are stepping up efforts to block websites deemed 'harmful', according to reports. Photo: Bloomberg
Chinese authorities are stepping up efforts to block websites deemed 'harmful', according to reports. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese anticensorship group says it is under attack

An activist group which runs an online service that seeks to circumvent China’s censorship says its operations have come under attack.

The group, Greatfire, said the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, in which a barrage of automated requests are sent to a server in a bid to crash a website, started on March 17.

“We are receiving up to 2.6 billion requests per hour which is about 2,500 times more than normal levels,” BBC cited the group as saying in a statement last Friday.

“We are under attack and we need help”

Greatfire said it did not know who was behind it, but pointed out that it coincided with pressure from Chinese authorities.

“The Cyberspace Administration of China publicly called us ‘an anti-China website set up by an overseas anti-China organization’”.

Similar to a campaign started by Reporters Without Borders last week, Greatfire had set up content distribution networks using the same hosting services as many entities on which China relies.

Those networks created copies of banned websites and made them available to Chinese users.

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