(The Hosting News) – It was recently revealed that the U.S. State Department directly raised the subject concerning downtime of popular petition site Change.org with China’s government.
Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel B. Baer raised the subject in late April directly with China’s foreign ministry, according to a letter the department sent to Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).
The letter goes on to say, “The Department will continue to press China on the importance of an open and unrestricted Internet.”
Change.org has faced downtime issues from DDoS attacks since museums (including the Guggenheim and Tate Modern) launched a petition pressing for the release of Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. The artist was detained by Chinese authorities in April on allegations of tax evasion through his studio.
However, WeiWei has been known for his outspoken criticism of government scandal and some say this could have been the real motive behind his detainment. WeiWei is renowned for contributing to the construction of Beijing’s National Stadium (used at the 2008 Olympics).
Change.org has been blocked in China for years now and the site’s webmasters previously confirmed that the hacks originated from somewhere in the country.
The United States and other international bodies have criticized China in the past for its human rights record.
China was recently said to be the origin of a security breach of Google’s Gmail service.