Google’s Brave New Stand Against China After Unprecedented Chinese Cyber Attack

In what will surely be remembered as a pivotal and defining moment in Internet history, Google today took a brave stand against China which has so  far dictated how Google  conducts business in that country.

In a post on their blog titled “A New Approach To China”, Google stated that it had detected an unprecedented and highly sophisticated attack by Chinese hackers last month on its corporate infrastructure, and on 20 other corporate entities. The hacking has resulted  in theft of some of Google’s Intellectual Property. Google has also determined that the hackers were primarily targeting the Gmail accounts of  Chinese human rights activists. Possibly there was much more – since Google has only shared some of the information from these attacks. In any case, the attacks appeared to be the tipping point for Google in revising their stance on China.

Effectively this is what Google is saying to China in their announcement  : “We are not going to succumb to your censorship policies  any more and enough is enough   :  So take it or leave it –  we  will either run an uncensored search engine in China on our terms OR  just cease operations there ! “

Putting an economic juggernaut and the next superpower on notice in no uncertain terms  on a matter of principle  requires tremendous guts and vision.   It has never been done, as far as I know, by any large US  corporation (or even by the US Govt for that matter !)  . If ever there was a moment in Google’s decade old history which demonstrated  their resolve and  the true intent of  their  corporate motto “Don’t do evil”  - this has to be  it !    Google deserves the utmost respect and accolades from everybody for this brave stance.   I only wish they had done it sooner in 2006 when they launched Google.cn.  Succumbing to  the unreasonable demands of a communist regime that censors  free  speech, oppresses its citizens, routinely violates human rights and then denies all wrongdoing,  goes  against everything that Google,  and the rest of the free world  believes in.   It is about time someone stood up to them and I am glad Google had the clarity of conviction and the guts to do this.  More power to them and may this be the start of a worldwide movement that puts pressure on  the Chinese Government to revise their policies.

There is  another important aspect to this announcement : If  a $200 billion behemoth like Google,  run by some of  the smartest  engineers and security experts in the world can be breached by hackers in China,  it should be a wake-up call to the rest of the world on  the seriousness of the dire threat that hacking in general and China in particular poses.

TechCrunch has a blog post about this   here – and we do hope that  they unearth more background information and report it as it becomes available on this huge story.  Interestingly,  the New York Times’ lead story on this titled  it merely as  an “email breach”  - a misleadingly innocuous label  that understates the scope and nature of this attack.

Incidentally this attack occurs after several years of under-reported warnings in the press about this threat from China.    The country has secretly been building an army of Chinese hackers on a remote island off the coast of China – with the explicit goal of “electronic world domination” by 2050.  I had blogged about this threat back in April – which you can read here.

Print Friendly

Share Bookmark and Share

You may also like these posts:

  1. 15 Facts You May Not Know About the Google China Incident Tweet After reviewing articles from many sources in the media, I have compiled a list of certain  facts and figures regarding   the recent cyber attacks  from China and...
  2. Google’s Stance Is Also a Warning about China Tweet Google’s bombshell  announcement yesterday about its “new approach” to China is still reverberating across the media and the blogosphere.    Everyone is trying  to put this in perspective,...

  • http://www.mutuellesmutuelle.com/mutuelle-fonctionnaire.php mutuelle fonctionnaire

    Allways great reading an interesting article

  • http://www.webhostingbuzzing.com Armando Kirschke

    hi, excellent web blog, and a very good understand! one for my bookmarks.

  • http://healthweeks.com Shaunta Bizzard

    I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here for free for your online readers. Can you tell us which blog platform you are using?

  • http://www.nostoneleft.info/ Monty Edstrom

    Very well articulated thank you.

  • http://freemp3albumsdownload.com Daily File

    I found your weblog on google and read a number of of your other posts. I just added you to my Google Information Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to studying extra from you within the future.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DN-f1ki75o Smokeless Cigarettes

    This is probably the most extraordinary blogs Ive examine inside a extremely long time. The level of facts in right here is breathtaking, like you practically wrote the book for the subject. Your webpage is great for any person who would like to understand this topic a lot more. Wonderful stuff; please keep it up!

  • http://www.ArticleMakt.com/Art/29103/134/Seilsysteme-12V.html Idaline

    Of program, what an important web site and enlightening posts, I will put backlink – bookmark this internet site? Regards.

  • http://www.twitter-follow.co.uk twitter

    Was thinking exactly the same, cool site, thanks.

  • http://www.CheapUglyPostcards.info Lynwood Alarie

    I saw your site on Bing, I will come back to visit and refer my friends.

  • http://uslawyersdb.com Lawyers

    This is one of the good blogs to add to my favorite. I always look for good writings to keep in touch especially legal related ones. Great blog you have here. And a very nice website for your firm you have here.

  • http://wowoyeye.com Elmo Carlington

    China is largest market on earth, so every company lose if does such moves

  • http://usadailycut.com/ba-strike-hits-passenger-numbers Angela C. McMahon

    Could I quote some of the content of this article and use it on my website, with a credit link back of course :)

  • http://www.buywholesalelots.com/products/wholesale-boys-clothing.html wholesale denim

    Good blog with some useful information. I will be back.

  • http://www.makelogo.net make logo online

    Easily, the article is really the greatest topic on this related issue. I harmonize with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your incoming updates. Just saying thanks will not just be adequate, for the great lucidity in your writing. I will directly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.