Did China Attack My Blog?

By James Fallows

by Brian Glucroft

For those of you who attempted to visit my personal blog recently, you may have noted that it wasn't available for a period of time.  Especially given Ella Chou's fascinating post evaluating the possibilities of a US-China cyber war, you may have thought the Chinese government had retaliated against me for my post detailing their attack plans of a very different nature.

However, I want you to rest assured that no cyber attack occurred (so far, so good, Ella!) and that the momentary offline status of my blog was due to a rather frustrating experience regarding the interesting billing practices at an Internet domain registrar.  If you're still having issues, it should only be a matter of time before your friendly domain name server has been updated.

So, all is good now.  And based on what Ella wrote, I am hopeful it will stay that way.

Based in Shanghai for over 4 years, Brian Glucroft has worked as a researcher in the user experience field for online services, electronic devices, and software companies, including Microsoft China, and has a new blog at Isidor's Fugue.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/02/did-china-attack-my-blog/70989/