January 14, 2010

Google Gives China the Boot?

I guess that Google has finally “had it up to here” with China’s constant need to censor and spy upon its own citizens.  China evitentally has been hacking into the Google platform to target Chinese human rights activists (you know those activists can be such a pain in the ass).

From the Google Blog:

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.

So, Google got walloped in China.  They get walloped here too….what else do they have?

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

I think you are jumping the gun, Google.  Think about it.  Why would the Chinese government want to access the accounts of protesters?  They are a peaceful and human-rights lovin’ country.  I think that is even in their constitution (do they have a constitution?  Why am I blogging on international events?).  Anyway, I think it is obvious that Google is overreacting.  It was probably just another group of protesters trying to get the jump on their competition.  Seriously, the human rights protester monopoly has got to be stopped.

Lets continue….

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.

Oh that is just beautiful…so why is Google still there?  For a company that professes to be progressive, they need to jump ship.  Resulting from these attacks, Google is reassessing its business being in China (this should have been a no-brainer in the first place). Google and the Chinese government have butted heads before over censorship issues before and the search engine still blocks certain results (like Elephant, maybe?).  Why would this seem surprising?  This country tortures film-makers.  I’m sure it isn’t too big a step to spy on and block them them as well.  And he seemed like such a nice boy…

When you lay down with lions, Google, don’t be surprised when you wake up without a leg…

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