China blocks main Google services, likely related to 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress

China Blocks Google Services

Relations between Google (GOOG) and China haven’t been anything short of ugly since Google discovered Chinese hackers had broken into hundreds of Gmail accounts last year. According to Greatfire.org (via Bloomberg Businessweek), Gmail, Google Maps and Google Drive are now all being blocked in China. Google told Bloomberg that it “checked and there’s nothing wrong on [its] end.” It’s believed that China’s 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress is responsible for the block and is forwarding Google searches “to another site located in Korea, using a tactic known as DNS poisoning,” reports Greatfire.org. 

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