At approximately 11 a.m. local time yesterday, Internet users around China reported significant Internet blackouts. Not only were they unable to access some Chinese sites but many foreign Web sites that hadn't previously been blocked were inaccessible as well.
The issue was not isolated to China. Web users in Hong Kong and Japan also reported problems with accessing Chinese sites. A number of explanations immediately came to light, with the most viable cause being the 8.7 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on Wednesday, which might have damaged undersea cables.
However, reports from China's major telecommunications companies -- … Read more