The Green Dam project to filter or censor web access on PC’s sold in China is blossoming into a controversy. From the Wolchok, Yao, Halderman analysis of the software that added to the buildup:
“According to press reports, China will soon require all PCs sold in the country to include Green Dam. This software monitors web sites visited and other activity on the computer and blocks adult content as well as politically sensitive material…We examined the Green Dam software and found that it contains serious security vulnerabilities due to programming errors…In the meantime, we recommend that users protect themselves by uninstalling Green Dam immediately.”
In light of the issues, the installation mandate seems to have been delayed indefinitely. We’ll add more info as it comes to light and wikileaks comes back up.