If China's Great Firewall Is So Effective, Why Can't It Stop All The Malware Hosted There?

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We all know about the "Great Firewall" of China that's designed both to keep certain website inaccessible from China, but which is also supposed to block certain content in China from reaching the outside world. While there already are some questions about how effective the Great Firewall really is, it does seem odd that the majority of "badware" sites are all hosted in China. Is it that China just doesn't care or is it that the Great Firewall isn't actually that effective? Perhaps the answer is somewhere in between. The Great Firewall definitely has some holes, and if the purpose of it is more focused on political speech than malware, perhaps it shouldn't be surprising that the powers that be ignore the malware and let it go through. Or, of course, you could take the conspiratorial viewpoint, and say perhaps China blocks malware within the country, but doesn't care if others get it. Given the various rumors and reports lately about Chinese hackers breaking into computers in other countries, that last possibility may not be so far-fetched.
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  1. identicon
    AC from #2, 26 Jun 2008 @ 2:31am

    @PC Man's #6

    "You are known by the company you keep. If you insist on using the same moniker as others who post anti-blogger messages and use their same M/O, then you can't be indignant about people transferring their disgust of the others onto you as well. You brought it onto yourself."

    How am I supposed to know about the messages other people have used to counter Mike's views? Is a reader of this blog supposed to read through all replies to all past articles in order to understand the position of the majority of its readers and conform to it? I merely stated my experience, yet I get accused of trolling? There is seriously something wrong here.

    Also, when many people use the same messages to debunk a single view, that view should be reconsidered rather than bashing the message. It's no coincidence that so many people are putting out the same message on Mike's blog.

    "And as far as the fact that you ARE in China? Who cares? Over a BILLION people in China and you think the few that you have contact with are representative of the whole? And you think that "the past WEEKS" you have figured out all that their government is or is not doing? Wow. That just boggles the mind."

    Have I claimed I know what the Chinese government is and isn't doing? I simply stated my experience that the firewall does NOT filter malware, or at least very poorly, within China. Read what I write, not what you want to think I wrote.

    And yes, over a billion people are in China. So what? There is no way I can get on every single computer to check if it's malware-infected or not. The fact that the sample of 20 or so computers were nearly all affected by malware to some degree suggests that the "Great Firewall" does not filter out malware within China.

    "Essentially, everyone needs to agree with your opinion or they are stupid. Close-mindedness never has won many friends and is usually a cover for an inferiority complex."

    The same would apply to your message. By the responses here, one would think that this Mike has created some sort of religion, where all opposing views are punished rather than reviewed.

    Also, think clearly before you use the word "close-minded" to describe others, as it is you who cannot accept that Mike's proposed conspiratorial viewpoint is baseless and in fact most likely wrong.

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