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China censors may have caused Internet meltdown

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014

BEIJING - China's Internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong - a fiasco a cyber-monitoring group Wednesday blamed on the country's own censors.

Web users in the country - which tightly restricts Internet access - had trouble accessing numerous sites for about an hour on Tuesday afternoon, said Greatfire.org, which tracks the vast Chinese online censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall.

"We have conclusive evidence that this outage was caused by the Great Firewall," it said on its website, calling the incident "one of the largest Internet outages ever in China".

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