Google ‘may end China operations over Gmail breaches’

Internet search company Google says it may end operations in China over alleged breaches of the e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.It said in a blog post it had detected a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China”.”A primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists”, it added.Google did not specifically accuse the Chinese government.But the company said it was “no longer willing to continue censoring our results” on its Chinese search engine, as the government requires.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8455712.stmAlso see:Google: A new approach to China
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.Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users’ computers.To read this Google blog posting in full, see:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-approach-to-china.htmlGoogle threatens to quit China over cyber-attacks
Google last night made the dramatic threat to shut down its business in China after discovering that hackers had been trying to spy on human-rights campaigners using its email system.The internet giant said it was one of more than 20 companies that were subject to a sustained cyber attack in December, as hackers sought details on the activities of Chinese dissidents and US and European campaigners who advocate for human rights in the country.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/google-threatens-to-quit-china-over-cyberattacks-1866220.htmlGoogle counts cost of censorship and draws red line under China
Google’s decision to lift its censorship in China brings to an end four years of controversy that have left the company – and its reputation – battered and bruised.What began in 2006 as a mission to expand its reach soon attracted a firestorm of criticism and concern over Google’s dedication to freedom of information.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jan/13/google-china-censorship-indexGoogle may leave China in wake of hacker attacks
In a rare corporate rebuke of Asia’s economic superpower, Google Inc. on Tuesday said it might leave China and the country’s 350 million Internet users after it was the victim of a series of cyber attacks that originated from that nation.According to Google, a “highly sophisticated” December attack on its main corporate computers resulted in “the theft of intellectual property.”
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-google-china13-2010jan13,0,5678657.storyGoogle, Citing Attack, Threatens to Exit China
Google said Tuesday that it would stop cooperating with Chinese Internet censorship and consider shutting down its operations in the country altogether, citing assaults from hackers on its computer systems and China’s attempts to “limit free speech on the Web.”The move, if followed through, would be a highly unusual rebuke of China by one of the largest and most admired technology companies, which had for years coveted China’s 300 million Web users.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/world/asia/14beijing.htmlClinton calls on China to explain cyber attacks as Google threatens to pull out
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today called on Beijing to explain cyber attacks originating from China against internet search giant Google and at least 20 other firms.Google is considering withdrawing from China after it experienced a massive cyber attack late last year that resulted in the theft of intellectual property.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/google-mulls-china-exit-after-cyber-attack/story-e6frg996-1225818786765Google threatens to leave China after attacks on activists’ e-mail
Google said Tuesday that it may pull out of China because of a sophisticated computer network attack originating there and targeting its e-mail service and corporate infrastructure, a threat that could rattle U.S.-China relations, as well as China’s business community.The company said it has evidence to suggest that “a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists,” but it said that at least 20 other large companies, including finance, media and chemical firms, have been the targets of similar attacks. Google said it discovered the attack in December.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/13/AR2010011300359.htmlGoogle defies Chinese censors after cyberattacks on Gmail accounts of activists
Google has defied Chinese internet censors and risked banishment from the lucrative market in outrage at what it called “highly sophisticated” cyber attacks aimed at Chinese human rights activists.Images of students crushed under tanks in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown are available for the first time on Google’s China server after the internet giant has held to its promise to stop censoring its search engine.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article6985857.ece

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