It’s not just you. You’re not going crazy. It’s the whole Chinese internet.
Life in China requires a lot of compromises. Pollution, bathrooms with no toilet paper and terrible, terrible bacon. Seriously, get on that Hormel. You’re embarrassing yourself.
Oh, and the internet here sucks. It sucks bad. Slow and highly censored. The Great Firewall is an ever evolving beast. It eats your vpn, blocks your gmail in all forms and hides all of the nakie ladies on the internet from Chinese teenagers. Just when you fix your vpn, the Great Firewall upgrades itself and shuts you down again. Annoying.
Enter a new beast into the arena – the wpkg.org redirect
In the past few days, we’ve got a new and highly annoying wrinkle added to the Great Firewall’s arsenal of ‘make the internet sucky’ weapons. Now when you go to many, many western webpages, the page will load and a few seconds later you are redirected to wpkg.org. Click the back button and you jump back two pages. According to reports, it even affects VPN users.
Nerds debate the problem:
This wpkg.org thing is a China only problem. There is a limited number of tech savy firewall fighting superhero nerds to subvert the state here in the middle kingdom. I’m sure as hell not one of these brave folks. Plus, they are vastly outnumber by the minions of the censorship state. They’re working on the problem but no one has cracked it yet. Here are the ideas kickin’ around the internet.
2) System problem or hack
3) Virus (highly unlikely)
4) My own personal theory is that this is some kind of VPN defeating test being deployed by the government. Crazy? Sure. But all the best personal theories sound possible, can’t be proven and blame the government. You know what, this is really starting to make sense – secret government anti-VPN test. I’m on to something here.
Wait and see
It’s been a few days now and the nerd war is in full swing. Our elite China based computer nerds will figure this out in a few more days. Be patient and remember that they are doing battle with the Chinese state while also dealing with a seriously limited supply of Code Red Mountain Dew and Cool Ranch Doritos. Our hackers are rockstars but they are still human.
I’ll update when news breaks.