Big story rounding up this early morning (IST), reported first by Chinese web monitoring site GreatFire, the Chinese government has blocked many of the Google services which includes Google.com, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Analytics and many others saying the Communist Party of China holding the 18th Party Congress as reason although it has to be believe that this latest dispute between Google and the Chinese government is a part of long dispute between the two.
Here is what GreatFire knows:
- The subdomains www.google.com, mail.google.com, google-analytics.com, docs.google.com, drive.google.com, maps.google.com, play.google.com and perhaps many more are all currently DNS poisoned in China. Instead of the real IP addresses, any lookups from China to any of these domains result in the following IP: 188.8.131.52. That IP address is located in Korea and doesn’t serve any website at all.
- This means that none of these websites, including Google Search, currently work in China, unless you have a VPN or other cirumvention tool.
- Using a DNS server outside of China doesn’t help. A lookup of www.google.com to 184.108.40.206 is also distorted, by the Great Firewall.
- So far you can still access other country versions of Google such as www.google.co.uk.