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Google Warns of China Exit Over Hacking

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  1. mtravel13

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    hey guys i was readin the news today and found something interesting

    " Google Inc. said it may leave China after an investigation found the company had been hit with major cyber attacks it believes originated from the country -- a move that would amount to a high-profile rebuke of China by a major U.S. firm.

    The attack targeted as many as 34 different companies or other entities, according to two people familiar with the investigation, which has been under way for weeks.

    Google considers withdrawing from China following a cyber attack that targeted as many as 34 firms and email accounts of human rights activists. Hong Kong bureau chief Peter Stein discusses the subject with technology reporter Andrew LaVallee.

    Investigators are probing whether the attack is linked to the Chinese government or intelligence services, one person familiar with the investigation said. The attack has piqued the interest of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, this person added.

    Google said it suffered a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China" in mid-December, which it said resulted in "the theft of intellectual property." The company said it found evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human-rights activists.

    A company spokesman declined to identify the other companies affected, saying only that it was in the process of notifying the companies and working with U.S. authorities. A spokeswoman for Adobe Systems Inc. said Tuesday that the software company experienced an attack that appeared to be related to the attacks Google described.

    For Google to withdraw from China would be an extremely rare repudiation by a Western company of what is almost universally seen in business circles as one of the world's most important markets. The country has 338 million Internet users as of June, more than any other country. Even the public suggestion that it is considering such a move is likely to infuriate Chinese authorities. Google's statement could complicate matters for other tech companies sensitive to being seen as accomplices of the Chinese government.

    Google said it will be talking with Beijing in coming weeks about how it might operate in China without censorship, long a thorn in the side of Western Web companies operating there. "We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results" on Google's China Web site, Google.cn, the company's chief legal officer, David Drummond, said in the post."

    read more here : hxxp://online.wsj.com/article/SB126333757451026659.html
     
  2. Debian

    Debian Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    About time Google decided to stand up and grab its balls against Chinese censorship.
     
  3. eyashwant

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  4. alexaassassin

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    It would be nice if Google took a stand on censorship in North America, too.