In the past couple weeks I had noticed a huge difference in my internet connection. Gmail just couldn't load correctly and I had to use the basic HTML format. I couldn't search on Google properly, and my vpn just would connect to newark like it used to. I flushed my DNS a million times, restarted, deleted, reformated. Anything and everything I could do I did. Being such a retard at these things, I simply blamed myself or my virus ridden computer. I never thought (why not?) that it was the Chinese gov't at work. How I didn't come to that conclusion is a mystery becaue they're usually to blame for this kind of thing. I was checking some of my stats at the 12vpn site and I notice that they weren't offering service to China anymore? WTF? And now it's 129 dollars for a year instead of the mere 70 it used to be? And no lite service? So I sent them an email to see what's up. It was a combination of things. For one, with the tsunami in Japan, a lot of the bandwidth here is f*ed up. They even mentioned something about internet restriction in the US to free up bandwidth for Asia. Isn't that nice. But I also discovered that China blocked all kind of shit over night, totally shutting down the Witopia site and crippling a few others. Some companies are kind of on their last legs (at least in China) as they switched to backup servers – the only backup servers they have. The block of PPTP and L2TP means that vpn's on mobile devices are pretty much useless now, and although I've read quite a few confident posts from other's in China that the blocking of protocols like SSL and SSTP is pretty much impossible, I think that the Chinese gov't will do anything and everything to get it's way and totally cut off vpn's in China.
Tunneling Through The Great Firewall
Mar, 18 2011