A firm specializing in censorship-evading technology on Wednesday blamed a massive breakdown of China’s Internet on website address “hijacking” tools used by authorities there.
“In 2002, China started to use DNS hijacking technology to block web sites,” said US-based Dynamic Internet Technology, which runs a tool called FreeGate designed to bypass Chinese Internet censors.
“On January 21, 2014, there was a large-scale Internet breakdown in China caused by this DNS hijacking system.”
Internet users were sent to an IP address operated by Dynamic Internet Technology, which runs FreeGate. The website was registered to a shell company at an address in Wyoming, according to DIT.
The IP address