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Some speculation as to why they're targeting Github:

- the Chinese gov't is trying to identify users/developers of train-ticket-purchasing bots [1]

- they are is interested in capturing some intellectual property contained in private repos

- it's just an exercise to watch & learn how computer-literate users circumvent a MITM attack

Given the recent Github blockade, I'd go with the first.

[1] http://www.techinasia.com/github-blocked-china/




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