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Dam Burst Tool Disables China's Green Dam Censorware 40

Posted by timothy
from the dam-you-anti-social-coders dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The infamous Green Dam censorship software has suffered yet another blow. As ZDNet explains, Dam Burst, a tool released by security researcher Jon Oberheide, allows unprivileged users to disable the censorware by removing the hooks that enable it to monitor and block user activity, effectively restoring running applications to their original uncensored state. While the Dam Burst software is currently available at Oberheide's website, community mirrors will undoubtedly be necessary to avoid blocking by the Great Firewall."
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Dam Burst Tool Disables China's Green Dam Censorware

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  • by Ukab the Great (87152) on Wednesday September 30, 2009 @01:57PM (#29596525)

    "Bursting Dam, Flying Dutch Boy"

  • TFA is wrong (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jipn4 (1367823) on Wednesday September 30, 2009 @02:53PM (#29597335)

    The Chinese government originally mandated that Green Dam be shipped on all new PCs but this pre-installation has been delayed.

    The Chinese government never mandated that Green Dam be shipped "on" or "pre-installed". It mandated that it ship with new PCs. It was sufficient simply to stick a CD in the shipping box, although preinstalling the software was also OK. Manufacturers could decide how to satisfy the requirement. It was up to the end user to decide whether to use it or not. The idea was to give parents the option of using filtering software for their children. If they didn't want to use it, they didn't have to.

    The software described in TFA is no more a blow for freedom than software that lets kids get around NetNanny.

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