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Google possibly changing policy on China

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torin3

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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html

Google said:
A new approach to China

1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM
Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.

First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses--including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors--have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.

Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.

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Thoughts...

Google seems to be stopping just short of saying it was the Chinese government.

(I think this is ok, as it deals with security issues, the internet, and we've had some discussion of how China handles it's internet. If I've gone over the line, I apologize.)
 

VinnyTAMU

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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html



Read the full article.

Thoughts...

Google seems to be stopping just short of saying it was the Chinese government.

(I think this is ok, as it deals with security issues, the internet, and we've had some discussion of how China handles it's internet. If I've gone over the line, I apologize.)

I hope Google does decide to stop filtering content at the behest of China. However I am disappointed Google did not take this stance from the beginning.
 

Shelnutt2

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I think this is the biggest part. If it's as cut and dry as it's written here (which it never is), then Google is saying, uncensored searches or no google in China.

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.