Google在审查问题上向中国政府低头

在去年12月5日~8日中,Google作出了一个令人吃惊,却还未被报道的决定。他们决定取消通知中国用户搜索时所含有的敏感词。(截图见下)。他们还删除了如何使用此功能的帮助文档。这表示中国政府和Google之间的关系有了进一步的变化。因为Google在2010年决定将中国大陆的搜索引擎迁移到香港以后,对Google服务,比如Youtube,Google+和上千个敏感词的审查都由GFW来完成,不在Google的控制范围之内。但这个最新的决定完全是由Google决定的,这个决定只能被描述为自我审查。


Google一直被描述为不向中国政府屈服,坚持“不做恶”信条的模范公司。 这个印象在5月Google为中国用户推出敏感词通知功能时到达了顶峰。输入被GFW封锁的上千个敏感词中的一个,这个信息就会告诉用户继续搜索可能会导致用户连接被中断。这是一个大胆的暴露审查人员想隐藏信息的举措。与此同时,外交政策问到“搜索巨人与中国政府的第二次大战,言论自由会胜利么?”

在Google推出此功能24小时内,GFW就反击,将提供此功能的JS脚本给屏蔽了(见事件时间线)。Google不甘落后,改变了JS脚本的URL地址,却又遭屏蔽。这个猫捉老鼠的游戏在Google聪明地把此脚本内嵌在主页HTML里面。这样,在技术上没有可能只屏蔽此功能,却不把整个Google给屏蔽了。

这是一个反抗审查的极大胜利。不幸的是,这胜利不长。根据我们的测试数据,Google在12月5日~8日,把专为中国用户研发的内嵌在主页里的敏感词提示功能取消了。他们为什么这么做呢?
 
一个理论是专门为中国用户研发的功能让Google的主页变得难以维护。一个系统越复杂,越难以维护和开发。但是,这个功能显然是很有价值的。以Google员工的智力,他们肯定能找到一个技术上可行的解决方案。虽然Google在中国的市场占有率只有大约5%, 但这也有2500万网民。
 
让这个理论不成立的很大一个证据是Google也删除了关于此功能的帮助文章。关闭此功能可能是因为技术问题,但删除帮助文章来假装此功能重来没存在过可不是技术问题能解释的了。这个帮助文章本来能在 http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=2477913 这里找到,但是现在访问此连接会出现一个“网页不可用”的错误。我们的测试数据显示此文档在12月5日还存在,却在12月8日被删除了。这和敏感词提示功能被取消是在同一个时段。这是原先帮助文章的截图:
 
 

是什么原因让Google关闭智能的反审查功能并同时删除帮助文档的呢?半年前费力建立这个功能的开发者一定尖叫着反抗了。因为删除帮助文档只有Google自己才能办到,唯一的原因就是Google和中国政府达成协议,在巨大的压力下屈服,进行了自我审查。

中国政府怎么让这么正值的一个公司屈服的呢?很可能,在11月9日的对Google的完全屏蔽是一部分压力。这个屏蔽在24小时之内就被取消了,看起来非常的奇怪。当时,我们认为着可能是政府在测试“一键封锁Google”。现在看起来,短暂的完全屏蔽是给Google施加压力非常可能。这可能是政府对Google展示自己的力量,并在和Google协商时成为一个可观的砝码。

在今年11月,对GMail进行的部分屏蔽和限速也显著增加。最终,Google可能决定提供一个被限制的Google搜索,和一个缓慢但是可用的Gmail比被中国完全屏蔽要好。

这是在与审查的战争中的一场重大挫败。Google站在了错误的位置。这表示Google作为反审查斗士可能名不副实。但是,这并不是说其他公司更好。(这里是关于微软苹果雅虎)。 Gmail可能仍然是异见人士最好的Email服务商,因为其提供https,两步验证,并且对可疑活动以及国家资助的攻击者攻击进行警告。我们感激Google尝试不屈服于政府,虽然现在看来它必须低头了。

展望未来,一个弱化的Google表示它不会继续探索中国网络审查的底线。比如说,它不会把所有来自中国的流量重定向到https,虽然这样做会使所有被屏蔽的关键字都被解封。

我们希望Google能为我们和几千万中国用户提供一个解释。但是,我们从Google在中国区的透明度报道中的:

中国官方将审查要求视为国家机密,因此我们无法披露在从 2009 年 7 月到 2010 年 6 月的两个报告期间与内容删除要求相关的任何信息。

我们能推测,Google不太可能提供解释。

更新:根据卫报,“Google发言人证实了在12月这个功能被取消,但因为事件在中国的敏感性拒绝对此进行评论” “在中国的一个线人表示Google虽然尝试了许多方法来规避审查但最终决定继续在技术上斗争只会起反作用,”

事件事件线

日期事件引用
5月 31日

Google推出一个新功能,通知中国用户搜索中的敏感词。Google发布了关于此功能的博文,帮助文档和Youtube视频。

https://zh.greatfire.org/blog/2012/jun/greatfire-may-google-and-sina-adapt-great-firewall-strikes-back

http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2012/05/better-search-in-mainland-china.html
5月 31日GFW 屏蔽了包含敏感词功能和数据的JS脚本,从而屏蔽了此功能。https://zh.greatfire.org/https/bit.ly/KhDUnK
6月2日

Google改变了js脚本的URL地址,从而重新启用了此功能。

https://twitter.com/GreatFireChina/status/208855394280423424*
6月2日 - 18日GFW 又屏蔽了新的URL地址.http://ow.ly/bjBwE*
6月底前

Google将此反审查功能内嵌到主页内,使其不可能被选择性屏蔽。

https://zh.greatfire.org/blog/2012/jul/greatfire-june-bloomberg-blocked-well-hundreds-additional-keywords-weibo
11月6日

对Gmail的部分屏蔽加剧。

https://zh.greatfire.org/https/mail.google.com/mail
11月9日所有google.com和google.com.hk在中国被屏蔽。https://zh.greatfire.org/blog/2012/nov/googlecom-blocked-china
11月10日Google 被解封。https://zh.greatfire.org/blog/2012/nov/google-unblocked-again-was-it-mistake-or-test
12月5日 - 8日Google 停止在主页上内嵌反审查功能。根据 我们的数据库,最后测试到有内嵌功能使12月5日. 最先没有测试到内嵌功能使12月8日
12月5日 - 8日

Google 删除了帮助文档

12月5日 (帮助文档存在).
12月8日 (帮助文档被删除). 

*因为URL的实际地址太长,我们的测试系统会自动截断来测试。这解释了在美国测试点返回404错误,但这个截断的URL地址仍然在中国被封锁。

 

链接

  1. 外链的JS脚本,脚本里有加密储存的关键字数据 (这个脚本后来被内嵌到中国用户的Google主页上): http://www.google.com/xjs/_/js/s/s,st,anim,bbd,c,sb_cn,hv,wta,cr,cdos,sk....
  2. Google官方关于反审查功能的博文:
    1. http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2012/05/better-search-in-mainland-china... (英文)
    2. http://services.google.com/fh/files/blogs/google_chinasearchchinese.pdf (中文)
  3. YouTube视屏,谷歌搜索中国大陆之体验:
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2GHyVPoVms (英文)
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFAHKav2JZM (中文)

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星期四, 2月 18, 2016

From the desk of Lu Wei: Apple, encryption and China

Lu Wei, Director of the Cyberspace Administration of China, offers some friendly help to FBI Director James Comey.

星期四, 9月 24, 2015

Apple blocked CNNIC CA months after MITM attacks

In March of this year, Google found unauthorized digital certificates for several Google domains. The root certificate authority for these domains was the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). CNNIC was controlled by the Chinese government through the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and is now under the management of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). CNNIC was recognized by all major browsers as a trusted Certificate Authority. If CNNIC signs a fake certificate used in a man-in-the-middle attack, no browser will warn of any unusual activity unless the certificate is pinned.

星期三, 9月 23, 2015

Malicious Xcode could spread via download manager Xunlei

What’s at stake?

We reported last week that popular Chinese iOS apps were compromised in an unprecedented malware attack. We discovered that the source of the infection was compromised copies of Xcode hosted on Baidu Pan. Apple has published an article urging developers to download Xcode directly from the Mac App Store, or from the Apple Developer website and validate signatures. We’ve now discovered that even if a developer uses a download link seemingly from Apple, he might still be possible to obtain a compromised copy of Xcode.

Please note that we do not have evidence that such attacks has happened. But it is an easy attack that anyone can implement.

How does it work?

This compromise happened because of Xunlei. Xunlei is the most popular download manager in China. Much of its popularity is due to the fact they can accelerate download speeds by pulling resources from other Xunlei users as well as cached copies on the Xunlei server. All of this, however, is invisible to users. Users can simply enter a regular http download address into Xunlei  download manager and the download will start. Chinese developers were using direct download addresses such as http://adcdownload.apple.com/Developer_Tools/Xcode_7/Xcode_7.dmg to download Xcode.

星期一, 9月 21, 2015

中美互联网论坛回信

你们的公司有责任尊重人权,防止您的业务被侵犯。我们知道,中国是你们公司的一个重要市场,但恳请您在美国促进和保护人权的同时,也同样在中国致力于此。习主席的访问和美中互联网产业论坛是一个理想的机会,明确表示你的公司将会捍卫隐私权,反对成为监控同谋,将它们的强大在中国和美国一视同仁。

星期六, 9月 19, 2015

中国流行的iOS应用遭到前所未有的恶意软件感染

发生了什么?

 

据最近的报道,中国开发者使用的某些版本的Xcode被感染,在开发者不知情的情况iOS应用中就被注入了用于跟踪的代码。(1、2)。被注入后,开发者们将他们被感染的iOS应用程序的上架了App Store并得到苹果批准。截止完稿前,这些被感染的应用在App store仍可访问(外部链接)。任何安装并启动了这些被感染应用的用户都将是追踪代码的受害者。

 

这是苹果应用商店一次重大的感染事件。苹果以人工审查所有的被提交应用而著名,相对Android商店的恶意软件会更多。这是苹果应用商店历史上最广泛和重大的一次恶意软件事件传播事件。

 

这些被感染Xcode被托管在百度云上。百度本身似乎并没有意识到这些Xcode是被感染的。在这次事件逐渐浮出水时该公司于昨日删除了这些被感染的文件。由于在中国下载外国网站的文件时速度非常慢,许多中国人希望能够从国内网站来下载。很多人也会使用下载软件,如迅雷,而不是直接从官方的Mac App Store中下载。

 

据用户的报告,许多中国著名的应用受到影响。我们在下面的列表中链接了测些受感染的应用,但请不要下载他们,我们只是链接他们,目的是使用户能够知道具体是哪些应用程序。这些受影响的应用程序包括:

 

微信(link is external) 中国最流行的聊天应用

网易云音乐(link is external) (NetEase Cloud Music) - 网易的免费音乐应用

网易公开课(link is external) (NetEase) - 被许多学生所使用的公开教育应用

中信银行动卡空间(link is external) (China CITIC Bank Card Space)

中国联通手机营业厅(link is external) (China Unicom Shop)

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