Google Reports Sophisticated, Targeted Attack From China

Google says an attack originating from China targeted its infrastructure and at least 20 others and was a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack”, apparently to gain access to the e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

From CNN – “Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective,” according to a statement by David Drummond, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer for Google, operator of the most popular Internet search engine.

Drummond said that as a result of the attacks, Google has decided it is no longer willing to consider censorship of its Google site in China and may have to shut down its site and its offices in that nation.

“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,” Drummond wrote.

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