How to ensure Internet privacy in China?
August 10, 2006 12:54 AM Subscribe
I'm living in a Chinese university dorm. I was running Web traffic through an SSH tunnel, and about 10 minutes into reading about China's Internet censorship (which naturally includes lots of blocked terms as examples, like "falun gong" and "Tibet"), the service staff in this building knocked on my door.
posted by jbb7 to law & government (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
They said "安全检查," which translates as "safety inspection." (On my dictionary, "检查" also translates as "to censor," but I'm sure that's not the right meaning in this case.) They peeked in the room when I opened the door (but they didn't come in). After they left, I looked around, and they didn't give anyone else on my floor a safety inspection. Also, I've been living here for 45 days and haven't had an inspection before. I went up to the front desk to clarify the reason for the inspection, and they told me that it happens on a weekly basis--but I've never even seen or heard of it happening.
Two questions here:
1) Is it reasonable to think this could be part of the Chinese government's Internet censorship policy? (When I signed up for Internet, I had to give my room number and passport.) I'm not afraid, but I'm just a little creeped out by this.
2) How can I protect against a man-in-the-middle attack? In other words, how can I get the correct public key for my SSH server? I didn't have it before I came to China, and I have noticed that my Web proxy frequently put up "certificate changed/inaccurate" notices, so I wouldn't put it past the Chinese government to listen in on "secure" connections by sending different certificates.