13 January 2010

Google's ChinaGate: Finally Admits China Dangers

Google has played co-dependent to the CCPs obsessive compulsion for total control of internet content within China.  Google has appeased, acquiesced, acceded to virtually every unreasonable demand from the Chinese government to spy and censor and betray . . . .

But suddenly, Google has acquired a conscience?
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. _WaPo

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. _WSJ

Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. 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.

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. _GoogleBlog

Whether you call it GoogleGate or ChinaGate or just a very late awareness on Google's part that it was acting as enabler to a monster, this belated comprehension and public admission by Google should raise public awareness of a huge problem.

ClimateGate should have raised public awareness of a similar problem of obfuscation within the world science establishment, but the news media has kept a fairly firm lid on this awareness -- by refusing to pursue the stinking and cancerous rot within science.

Will the world media likewise ignore the problem of western corporate acquiescence to a Chinese government that uses such unscrupulous means to cling to power.

China's economy is suffering from huge problems. Facing its problems would be a helpful first step, instead of using companies such as Google to cover them up.

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Blogger Scott Freeman Sitecore MVP said...

I think it is about time Google backed off China. The Chinese government makes it far too difficult to conduct any real business in China. I've heard lots of horror stories in various deals with China.

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Wednesday, 13 January, 2010  
Blogger neil craig said...

On the basis that when a few Tibetans (& more Chinese) die in race riots in Tibet it is a big story & when our own governments are complicit in kidnapping & dissecting living human beings for their organs in occupied Kosovo it gets no coverage we may expect this to get at least as much MSM coverage as the far more important climate fraud. Not with the supportive wording used about the hacked scientists.

Thursday, 14 January, 2010  

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