Asia Pacific (APAC), China, Global Politics, VR World

China’s Great Firewall Hijacking Facebook Login for DDoS

Recently, reports surfaced that China was weaponizing the ‘Great Firewall’ to knock unfriendly sites off the web through aggressive DDoS attacks. Now it appears that the Great Firewall has targeted Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) with a more sophisticated attack: it’s intercepting the Javascript code from any site that uses the Facebook Connect and re-directing the traffic to two unrelated sites.

Facebook has long been banned in China, but it’s unclear why China would be attacking seemingly unrelated websites. Thousands of websites around the world that are in no way related to Facebook use its login mechanism for the convenience of users. The sites that users are being redirected to are, an open-source software deployment site, and, a Polish couple’s travel blog.

It’s likely that this is some sort of beta test for a larger and more sophisticated attack that would involve spoofing user data. As Facebook has been banned in China for years, and most expats in-country use a VPN (which was not affected) to access it. And any website that uses the Facebook Connect function would be Western oriented, creating a real niche within the country.

Regardless, it will be interesting to see if China will continue to weaponize the Great Firewall and what the West will do about it. This is offensive cyberwarfare on the part of China, and now it’s up to the West to see the extent of their tolerance for it.