[cryptome] Re: [cryptome] Re: [cryptome] Simple Browser Plug-in Punches an Unfixable Hole in China’s Great Firewall

  • From: Chien Fume <chien.fume@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:47:11 +0200

Thanks, Michael, for the response.

While first interested in this article because of the claim about
penetrating China's formidable censorship system, it was the number of
conditional terms (may, could, might, etc.) that caught my attention and
made me skeptical.

Is the article perhaps intended to spook the Chinese bureau of the NSA? Set
them off on a snark hunt, devoting allegedly limited resources to something
that isn't there? Or is the promise of easy, magical tech another trap for
the gullible hackers, Anonymous wannabees, and 'Sartre's Waiters' who fancy
themselves invisible ninja cyber revolutionaries?

We're constantly hearing about how US high tech companies love China.
Israeli high-tech firms are abundantly represented in Shenzhen and Hong
Kong. Facebook's quixotic Zukerberg recently made his feelings about China
quite clear
and he spoke in Mandarin!

China was pleased with Facebook's decision to help them censor one
dissident (using the flimsy excuse of nude pictures)
http://fortune.com/2015/01/13/facebook-china-censorship/ One can reasonably
suspect that Facebook won't stop with shutting down just one dissident.
Facebook is a great danger to individual liberty... a "virtual panopticon"
(I first heard that term several yeas ago when listening to one of Dave
Emory's radio shows archived at spitfirelist.com.

Apple's cozy relationship with the repressive Chinese government is
shameful. It speaks volumes that so many in the Progressive (Marxist,
Socialist, Communist) ideological camp are often seen with Apple devices.
Slave labor is a major component of the brave new post-modern,
post-Constitution utopia envisioned by the likes of B.H. Obama and his

Then there's those Chinese mobile execution vehicles that deliver freshly
harvested and preserved organs for transport to the allegedly illegal
market. What is a 'black market' pancreas worth these days?

How can the "Progressive" camp justify their admiration for a country
that's so blatantly repressive? A rhetorical question; for it seem clear
(to me, and others) that "Progressives" intend to implement a global
government and social system identical to the Chinese (i.e. Marxist

Let's hope that what you say turns out to be correct... and the browser
addon will perform as described. Unfortunately, it probably won't be much
help to those who'd like to see a genuinely free and open society take root
in China and around the world (not the George Soros faux 'open society').
If the device works, it will certainly increase the income of online
casinos and other gambling enterprises (like Forex). And, if I understand
it correctly, it does a better job than TOR or encryption to facilitate
communications among and between those whose lives are focused mainly on
causing harm (due to criminal monetary motives or ideological prejudices
and grudges).

I find myself increasingly moving towards Pynchon's "King Ludd"
http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/05/18/reviews/pynchon-luddite.html "...we
can take comfort, however minimal and cold, from Lord Byron's mischievously
improvised song, in which he, like other observers of the time, saw clear
identification between the first Luddites and our own revolutionary
origins. It begins:

*As the Liberty lads o'er the sea Bought their freedom, and cheaply, with
blood, So we, boys, we Will die fighting, or live free, And down with all
kings but King Ludd!" *

On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 7:05 PM, Michael Best <themikebest@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Seems like it'll be very hard to block, except through agreements between
China and those web content delivery networks to serve different versions
(or not serve it at all) based on the geolocation of the IP address. China
might not be able to convince companies to do this based on censorship, but
it may become a semi-standard practice to customize web content and auto
adjust languages. Some sites already do this, I believe.

Sent from my iPhone

On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 11:58 AM, Chien Fume <chien.fume@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Classical "what's wrong with this picture?" scenario. Too many
hypotheticals. What could possibly go wrong, eh?


By exploiting the plumbing of the Web, researchers have created a new way
around online censorship that governments could struggle to shut down.


The most established tools for avoiding Web censorship rely on computers
located outside a country that censors the Web. Those computers must access
pages on your behalf and relay the data back. Tor does that using a network
of computers offered up by volunteers around the globe. Using a VPN
connection has a computer pull all its traffic through a particular
computer rented out for that purpose.

CacheBrowser instead exploits a mechanism used by companies to make their
pages load faster to allow a computer to sidestep the censors and access
the pages it wants directly.

Censorship systems like China’s mostly rely on blocking computers from
accessing the Web addresses and IP addresses, which identify specific
servers, of blacklisted sites. But when you visit a popular website, your
computer is usually directed to download it from the servers of a content
delivery network, a company such as Akamai that website operators pay to
store copies of their data on many servers around the world so people can
access it faster. Use of content delivery networks is very common among
major sites and growing; Cisco expects a majority of all Internet traffic
to pass through them within a few years

Censors tend to leave content delivery networks alone because their
servers host many different sites, most of which they don’t want to block,
says Houmansadr. CacheBrowser works by going directly to content delivery
network servers to download pages when you type in a Web address, using a
lookup table of websites and their content delivery networks.
If Cisco will be capturing and handling the majority of Internet traffic,
what is their true role in the growing global 'security' grid? Are they the
noble guardians of the 4th and 5th Amendments (or their equivalents)?

What percentage of Cisco is owned by the Chinese (or one of their

How many Chinese work for Cisco?

How many offices does Cisco have in China (Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and

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