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Temporary Baidu.cn Outage, or Something More Serious

     
2:03 pm on Aug 5, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Yesterday I was looking to download something from Baidu Cloud and found my browser timing out. I found it strange that such a large site as China's largest search engine would be unreachable. I did pings resulting in 100% packet loss. I also did an NMap which said there was no server connected. I checked with this web site [uptrends.com] to see Baidu.cn's availability, but did not know of the tool's reliability. The Tool said that Baidu was available for North America but not Europe. This happened for about 20 minutes, after which everything suddenly reappeared.

Today I am reading this NYT article [nytimes.com] discussing China flexing its censorship muscles.
One Beijing online video company watched as its app and website went offline for about 20 minutes without warning. The way it was disconnected ó the digital tether that connected its service to the rest of the internet was severed ó suggested more than a mere technical outage, according to the leader of the firmís technology team, who requested anonymity for himself and the company for fear of reprisals.

Upon reflection I suppose no Chinese web site is beyond censorship. It would be unthinkable for the US Government to take down Google. Or was my outage just a technical anomaly?
1:37 am on Aug 6, 2017 (gmt 0)

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It sounds like a real outage, nothing to do with China's Great Firewall.

Some outages are 100% due to server or other hardware issues, while other outages only affect access from certain areas due to backbone or fiber issues. These are the most common.
10:11 am on Sept 10, 2017 (gmt 0)

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May be a network problem, I am in China, Baidu cloud disk is very easy to use.