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Massive Internet outage in China may have been caused by censors: Group

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:57 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China's Internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong - a fiasco a cyber-monitoring group on Wednesday blamed on the country's own censors.

Web users in the country - which tightly restricts Internet access - had trouble accessing numerous sites for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon, said, which tracks the vast Chinese online censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall.

"We have conclusive evidence that this outage was caused by the Great Firewall," it said on its website, calling the incident "one of the largest Internet outages ever in China".

Internet users were sent to an IP address owned by United States-based Dynamic Internet Technology, which runs a tool called FreeGate designed to bypass Chinese internet censors.

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