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I guess it was a planned public test or technical verification of certain larger project about live traffic decryption on national level. There really isn't a plausible political reason of github being targeted. Maybe targeting github can get data about user response or verify scalability of the infrastructure given recent high https traffic volume from China to github.

It seems strange that they would target a site whose users are exactly the people most likely to detect and understand (and make a fuss about) internet peculiarities.

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