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Chinese Internet Outage May Be Result of Censorship Changes

An Internet outage in China that cut access for hundreds of millions of people may have been the unintended result of changes made to government web controls.

More than two-thirds of web traffic in a country with more than 618 million Internet users was disrupted on Jan. 21, according to the online security provider Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Affected sites included those of Alibaba Group and Baidu Inc. China said hackers may have been to blame.