Porn star causes massive firewall hack

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:40 PM ET

The promise of Japan's biggest porn star was all it took to convince thousands of Chinese men to hack their way out of China's famous "great firewall."

China's tight grip on Internet security means the central government blocks all politically sensitive and subversive websites. This includes many social networking sites, including Twitter.

Aoi Sola, a Japanese adult movie star, launched a Twitter account in March and, at last count, was approaching 58,000 followers.

Getting over the Chinese firewall isn't easy, but it's possible with some determination.

"In China you can get anything you want on the Internet, you just have to want it bad enough," David Wolf, a Beijing-based technology expert told AOL.com

An anonymous Gmail account is the primary point of entry for tens of thousands of Chinese to get over the chinese firewall and on Twitter.

An e-mail to mytwitterclient@gmail.com provides an auto-reply with detailed instructions on how to work around the firewall. Solutions include bypassing the firewall through a proxy server, or downloading other programs that provide a Twitter experience through systems the firewall does not block, like Google Chat.

Aoi's tweets are mundane at best, describing her day-to-day life, such as checking into hotels and grocery shopping, and the music playing at clubs.

Getting past the Chinese firewall has been a big priority for many Chinese for some time.

Some Western companies are now even offering safe and cheap virtual networks that allow users to virtually "tunnel" under the wall to see the web on the other side. Other users have found ways to piggyback on the connections of international business firms or banks, allowing them to access the outside.

"It's simple for someone with some minimal technical acumen," Wolf said.

"But that means it's too difficult for most of China."


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