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Google In China LIVE BLOG: Latest Updates On Google's Threat To Leave

Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:10 PM ET


We'll be live-blogging developments pertaining to Google's recent actions in China.

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9:02 AM ET: Evidence has been found linking Google's attacks to China.

The New York Times writes,

Now, by analyzing the software used in the break-ins against Google and dozens of other companies, Joe Stewart, a malware specialist with SecureWorks, a computer security company based in Atlanta, said he determined the main program used in the attack contained a module based on an unusual algorithm from a Chinese technical paper that has been published exclusively on Chinese-language Web sites.

The malware at the heart of Google attack is described by researchers as a Trojan horse that is intended to open a back door to a computer on the Internet.


12:18 PM ET: Google to end three Google Phone partnerships in China

Caixin Media, a Chinese financial news outlet, reports (English translation):

Google has halted "four-party talks" that began last Wednesday, unilaterally ending its Google phone (Gphone) partnerships with the [Chinese mobile carrier] China Unicom and two 3G mobile phone manufacturers. This decision, following recent changes in Google's search business, represents a significant change in Google's mobile strategy in China.

8:03 AM ET: Google is no exception to the law, says China.

According to Reuters,

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu pressed the company a little more on Tuesday in comments that suggested scant room for giving way to Google's demands.

"Foreign firms in China should respect China's laws and regulations, and respect China's public customs and traditions, and assume the corresponding social responsibilities, and of course Google is no exception," Ma told a regular briefing.

Ma did not mention censorship as being among those responsibilities, but other Chinese officials have.

8:42 AM ET: Google is probing possible inside help on its attack, Reuters reports.

Reuters writes,

Google is investigating whether one or more employees may have helped facilitate a cyber-attack that the U.S. search giant said it was a victim of in mid-December, two sources told Reuters on Monday.

Google, the world's most popular search engine, said last week it may pull out of the world's biggest Internet market by users after reporting it had been hit by a "sophisticated" cyber-attack on its network that resulted in theft of its intellectual property.

The sources, who are familiar with the situation, told Reuters that the attack, which targeted people who have access to specific parts of Google networks, may have been facilitated by people working in Google China's office.


9:22 PM ET: In the war against the Internet, China is 'just a skirmish,' writes the New York Times.

The New York Times warns,

But even Google, which has benefited more than any other company from the flourishing of content online, might be unable to fight the momentum of government restrictions, despite its move in China.


7:08 AM ET: China ecommerce giant Alibaba slams Yahoo's support of Google as 'reckless.'

Alibaba turned on Yahoo, one of its major shareholders, in a statement that criticized Yahoo's public support of Google's decision to stop censoring search results.

The AP reports,

"Alibaba Group has communicated to Yahoo! that Yahoo's statement that it is 'aligned' with the position Google took last week was reckless given the lack of facts in evidence," Alibaba spokesman John Spelich said Saturday. "Alibaba doesn't share this view."