If you live in China, you may notice your web browser acting wonky today. Even if you don’t, this is still notable: Facebook is apparently under cyberattack in China, according to The Verge. And the tactic being used has users across the country scratching their heads.
Sites that use the Facebook Connect login widget (which is a ton of sites) are seeing their traffic hijacked and redirected to two websites: wpkg.org, the home of an open source software management tool, and ptraveler.com, a personal travel blog authored by a couple from Poland.
As The Verge explains:
Since the new code is injected as content passes through China’s national web filters, there’s little doubt that the Chinese government is responsible for the attacks. The research group Citizen Lab has named the capability “The Great Cannon,” a play on the Great Firewall censorship filter.
It’s difficult to say why Facebook Connect is being targeted, since the net effect for most users is simply to redirect the browser to an unrelated homepage.
This latest redirection attack has caught the attention of users in China, who are unsure of what to make of it.
Writes The Beijinger:
What’s odd is that it seems that the redirect does not happen consistently on every page of every site, and sometimes there is a delay before the redirect. Using a VPN does not stop the weirdness, some users report.
There does not seem to be any significance of the sites that are receiving the redirects.