For example, if a Chinese citizen tries to go to facebook.com, the firewall in China will redirect the traffic to the IP address of sagetube.sage.edu. This has a two-fold effect, the user in China gets a “Page can not be displayed” error and our web servers get overwhelmed by having to process thousands of requests. We get overloaded, which causes a DOS. All legitimate traffic either stops or gets very slow.
If you are interested, there is a page that checks what sites are being blocked by “The Great Firewall of China”.
Director of IT