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Google Decides No Longer Censor Results in China

In mid-December, Google detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on the corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google.  Furthermore it has been 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.

Google decides no longer censor results in China

According to Google – there is evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on the investigation to date the 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.

On January 12, 2010 from the Official Google Blog Site, David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer wrote the following:

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.

The full post can be read here, http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.html.

With China has the world’s largest internet population, Google has only a third of the search-engine market in China, which is dominated by the Chinese giant Baidu. Although its revenues have continued to rise, many analysts believed exiting from China market would not affect greatly Google’s overall revenue at least for the time being…

Updated on January 21, 2010 – Hiliary Clinton addressed Internet Freedom on China’s Cyber Attack – is it an act of WAR?

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