Google is apparently so ticked off that it’s decided to play hardball with the gov and risk losing its presence on the Chinese interwang. After discovering a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure” that stole intellectual property but whose primary purpose was trying to access the e-mail accounts of particular Chinese individuals who are out of favour, and similar attacks on a wide range of other corporations, Google says (see the Official Google blog):
“We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese gov the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.”
One would assume this is welcome news for China’s domestically-owned and dominant google-cloned search engine Baidu.