Thousands of websites are no longer accessible from China after the country’s censorship authorities blocked a major hosting and cloud services company.
According to internet freedom watchdog GreatFire.org, the EdgeCast content delivery network (CDN), which “provides cloud services to thousands of websites and apps in China”, has been partially blocked by the so-called Great Firewall.
The websites of a number of major international companies have been affected by the block, including The Atlantic, Sony Mobile, and websites related to the Firefox web browser.
“We have been hearing from our CDN and monitoring partners throughout the industry and our own customers that more sites, CDNs and networks are being filtered or blocked by the Great Firewall of China,” EdgeCast said in a statement posted on its website.
“This week we’ve seen the filtering escalate with an increasing number of popular web properties impacted and even one of our many domains being partially blocked … with no rhyme or reason as to why.”