Search engine giant Google has blamed the Chinese government for disruptions to its Gmail service for users in China.
Gmail users in China, especially journalists, have been experiencing disturbances in Google's email service in the country. Google says that it found no problems at its end, suggesting that the Chinese government had strengthened its campaign to regulate the use of internet in the country.
“There is no technical issue on our side; we have checked extensively. There is a [Chinese] government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail,” the company said in a statement.
The company's comments come a few days after it reported discovering attacks against some of its Gmail users, mainly journalists, and had said at the time the attacks were politically motivated. Google's security team had claimed that the attacks were exploiting a critical MHTML vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser.
Google had earlier revolted against China's draconian internet governing policies and closed its operations in Mainland China and moved its operations to Hong Kong. The Chinese government blocks its citizens from accessing pornographic online content, online gambling and monitors its web space for material criticising the ruling Communist Party.