Town Square

Post a New Topic

Google threatens to pull out of China

Original post made by GoogleWatch on Jan 13, 2010

Google threatened Tuesday to completely shut down its Chinese operations, after detecting evidence of a cyber-attacks originating in the country.

According to a post [Web Link Google's blog], it was determined last month that hackers had stolen intellectual property from the company, in a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure."

Additionally Google believes hackers were targeting Chinese human rights activists. As part of the investigation, though separate from the attack on Google, they reported finding evidence of third parties "routinely" accessing dozens of Gmail accounts in America, China and Europe of Chinese human rights advocates.

"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," read the post.

Though it may seem like a major political move for Google to pull out of the Chinese market, some reports say a withdrawal is in Google's business interests as well. [Web Link Marketwatch.com] reported Google's projected revenue in China for 2010 is around $300 million, only about one percent of its estimated $17.5 billion revenue in 2009.

Comments

There are no comments yet, please share yours below.

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Indian street food and ... bitcoins?
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 3,148 views

Most Seniors do not Need Senior Housing But Could Benefit from other Choice to Remain in Palo Alto
By Steve Levy | 31 comments | 1,424 views

"The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden"
By Anita Felicelli | 0 comments | 1,131 views

Dear Chandrama, Everywhere I turn . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 850 views

Crittenden Hosts Startup Weekend
By Ms. Jenson | 1 comment | 236 views