Thursday, May 05, 2005

Did the Chinese Communist Party attack FDKansas.net?

Report on FDKansas Web Site Shut Down.

When I awoke on May 2nd, 2005 I noticed that the web site,
FDKansas.net, had been shut down with a notice from the
hosting provider to contact them.

FDKansas.net is a web site maintained by a practitioner of
Falun Gong living in the state of Kansas. It serves as the
local web site for all of Kansas and the Kansas City area.
It also provides information about the persecution of Falun
Gong in China to the public.

At approximately 3:00 am Central time on May 2nd, 2005 The
FDKansas.net web site was shutdown due to a CPU over
utilization spike on the hosting provider's server. This
triggered an automatic shutdown by the hosting provider.

When I called the hosting provider, they looked at the
server log files and discovered that there were over 180
simultaneous downloads of several videos exposing the
persecution of Falun Gong in China. This is a very unusual
traffic pattern for this site.

Upon further investigation, it was found that all of the 180
connections originated from a single IP address:
61.150.127.211. This IP address was identified as coming
out of Shanghai, China.

According to a Harvard University Law School web site, real
time testing indicates that the FDKansas.net web site is not
accessible from China. You can view that information here:
http://asp-cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/list.html

This means that the average Chinese citizen living in China
is probably not even able to reach the FDKansas.net web
site. Presumably, this is due to the site being blocked to
Chinese citizens by the Chinese government.

This information coupled with the Shanghai IP address
suggest that the connections from China may have been
a deliberate attempt by agents of the Chinese Communist
Party to shutdown the FDKansas.net web site.

Unfortunately, in order to insure that the FDKansas web site
would be available to the general public, the folder
containing the video files had be password protected. This
means that parties interested in the videos will no longer
be able to access them, at least not very easily.

It is my wish that the Chinese Communist Party will revisit
and change its policy of persecution against innocent,
peaceful and nonviolent Falun Gong practitioners, both in
China and abroad.

It is inconceivable to a rational mind that they would want
to stop people from living happier and healthier lives. It
is a shame that this repressive organization, the CCP,
interferes with the lives of so many honest and good people,
not only in China, but around the world.

You can learn more about the persecution of Falun Gong in
China by visiting the http://faluninfo.net web site.

Dave

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