How A Canadian Cracked The Great Firewall Of China

From Globe and Mail:

When Nart Villeneuve couldn’t remember the password to his Chinese MySpace page, the industrious Canadian hacker began examining China’s version of Skype, and in the process, unlocked the inner workings of an Internet surveillance network tracking thousands of political activists in the world’s most populous nation.

From his tiny research lab at the University of Toronto, Mr. Villeneuve uncovered a system of servers containing the archived communications and personal information of thousands of dissidents and ordinary citizens using the popular online messaging service Skype.

“You can see that they’ve been tracking people who have been using Skype as a platform to promote freedom of expression and to criticize the communist party in China,” Mr. Villeneuve said.

“We don’t know who they gave access to those logs.”

Read also TOM-Skype Q & A by Nart Villeneuve.


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