China

GitHub Targeted in DDoS Attacks From China

Hacker

Episode 1174

Last week, Chinese hackers targeted GreatFire.org in a DDoS attack, and now are attacking GitHub. DDoS stands for "Distributed Denial of Service," and this attack brings down a website by hitting it with lots of bogus requests from thousands or even tens of thousands of computers distributed all over the world. GreatFire.org was spending $30,000 a day in bandwidth trying to keep up with the excess traffic.

The way they are getting this to be a distributed attack is by commandeering users of Baidu, a popular search engine in China.

What can I buy in China that isn't here in the US?

Episode 1170

James from Niles, MI

James' wife is going to China in a few weeks and he wants to know if there's anything new over there that isn't over here that she can pick up for him. Leo says that while manufacturing is mostly in China, a lot of the innovation still happens in the US. But Xiaomi makes some amazing phones that aren't available here in the US. There's also a lot of clones of iPhones and other devices there that look like iPhones, but are really Android phones that have been skinned to look like iOS.

What phone should I buy for a trip to China?

Xiaomi Mi 4

Episode 1159

David from Las Vegas, NV

David is going to China for a honeymoon and he needs a phone that he can use. Leo says he'll want an unlocked phone that works best with the radio bands that China uses. Xiaomi is the best and make some great phones like the Mi 4. It has the best battery life of any phone in the world. Xiaomi has its own version of Android that runs well also. It uses SnapDragon 810 processors, and they're pretty fast. Huawei also makes phones that would work in China. There's several brands that are affordable. The key, though, is to get the proper radio bands.

Will we start getting location based text message ads like China is doing?

China

Episode 1131

Alan from Chatsworth, CA

Alan went to China and wanted to report his experience getting by the great Firewall of China. He used alternate ports with remote desktop and TeamViewer to skirt China's blocking restrictions, and it worked great. Leo says it sounds like China just blocked standard ports used for RDP and not something more sophisticated like Deep Packet Inspection. He was able to use Google and Facebook through his T-Mobile Smartphone. It was a little slow, granted, because it uses a slower EDGE connection for free digital roaming.

How can I use the internet in China?

Great Wall of China

Episode 1122

Allen from Hawaii

Allen is going on vacation to Beijing, China next week and wants to know what apps he can use on his phone. Will he also be able to use remote desktop? Leo says they call China's restrictions the "Great FireWall of China," and access to the internet is strictly controlled and constantly changing what they block. Wikipedia has a list of sites that is constantly updated that shows what websites are blocked and what aren't.

How can I use the Internet in China?

Episode 1005

Eileen from Huntington Beach, CA

Eileen is interested in VPN services when she goes to China. Leo says that in many cases, the Chinese government will block VPNs and in some cases, it could put up a red flag. Leo spent a few weeks in China a few years back and access to different social media comes and goes. There's a great Wikipedia Page which lists what works and what doesn't. Another good one is GreatFire.org.

What are my best options for cell service on Android in China?

Episode 880

Sam from San Francisco, CA

Sam is a Google Voice user, which is good news because this will mean his Google Voice number will forward his calls to any phone. He's more worried about the services he uses on Android not working in China. For this, he can check this Wikipedia page to see what sites and services are working in China at any given moment. Leo can't be certain that Google Voice will continue to work in China, although has used Skype with great results there.