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Google's challenge in China

<b style="color:#900;">roundup</b> A blunt declaration by Google on censorship and surveillance underscores the troubled history--and uncertain future--for Internet companies doing business in China.

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A blunt declaration by Google on censorship and surveillance underscores the troubled history--and uncertain future--for Internet companies doing business in China.

Google still thinks it can change China

By saying it no longer wants to offer censored search results in China, Google hopes it could change the way the country enforces censorship laws, according to its CEO.
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 29, 2010 11:30 AM PST

China denies involvement in Google cyberattacks

China's government issues a statement denying any state involvement in the cyberattacks on the search giant and some 30 other companies.
(Posted in Security by Steven Musil )
January 24, 2010 2:15 PM PST

China warns U.S. over Web censorship stance

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says the new U.S. position could hurt U.S.-China relations and doesn't reflect "the facts."
(Posted in Deep Tech by Stephen Shankland)
January 22, 2010 4:30 AM PST

U.S. puts companies on notice in China

U.S. Internet companies in China are on the defensive after the U.S. government declares they hold a shared responsibility for ensuring an open Web.
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 21, 2010 3:03 PM PST

Clinton: U.S. urges 'freedom to connect'

Secretary of state formally announces a U.S. policy on Internet freedom and urges Chinese authorities to explain recent cyberattacks on Google and others.
• Clinton plans to stump for global Net freedom
• Podcast: Hillary Clinton on Internet freedom
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit and Declan McCullagh)
January 21, 2010 7:47 AM PST

Microsoft to issue IE patch for Google attack flaw

Company will issue an out-of-cycle patch for the flaws thought to have been used in cyberattacks against U.S. companies.
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 19, 2010 1:05 PM PST

Evidence found of Chinese attack on Google

A malware specialist with SecureWorks said he determined the main program used in the attack contained a module based on an unusual algorithm from a Chinese-authored technical paper.
(From The New York Times)
January 19, 2010 4:00 PM PST

Google's spy case: Not the first, nor the last

Corporate spying is an unfortunate fact of life for U.S. corporations, which have seen a surge in attacks from Chinese perpetrators in the last several years.
• Baidu.com sues U.S. domain registrar over hacking
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills and Tom Krazit)
January 19, 2010 4:00 AM PST

"We look to the Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough review of the activities that led Google to make its announcements."
--U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jan. 21, 2010

Google insiders may have helped with attack

Google looking into whether employees in China played a part in what looks like a multi-prong attack on the company, sources tell CNET.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
January 18, 2010 12:04 PM PST

Hackers said to breach Gmail accounts in China

Users discovered that their e-mail accounts were compromised after Google said last week that hackers had tried to attack its security infrastructure.
(From The New York Times)
January 18, 2010 6:12 PM PST

McAfee: A 'watershed moment'

The cyberattacks on Google and 30 other companies were the most sophisticated in years, according to the computer security company's CTO.
(Posted in Security by Steven Musil )
January 17, 2010 3:35 PM PST

Video: China's attack on Google explained

CNET's Elinor Mills explains what happened to Google, how it happened, who did it, and who else was affected.
(Posted in News videos)
January 15, 2010 5:56 PM PST

U.S. plans formal complaint over Google attacks

Attacks on Google and other U.S. companies believed to be the work of the Chinese government will be met with a formal protest from the U.S. Department of State.
• IE exploit code released on the Internet
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 15, 2010 2:37 PM PST

FAQ: Behind the China attacks on Google

Here's an FAQ on what is known and what is not known about the China-related attacks on Google and the other Silicon Valley companies.
• Want really secure Gmail? Try GPG encryption
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
January 13, 2010 9:37 PM PST

What Google might leave on the table in China

Walking away from one of the 21st century's most promising technology markets could have a significant long-term effect on Google's finances.
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 13, 2010 11:01 AM PST

"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. ... We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn and potentially our offices in China."
--"A new approach to China," Google blog, Jan. 12, 2010

Dynasty denied, Google rethinks China

Google's showdown with the Chinese government over censorship could allow it to emerge with its head held high and change the playing field in China for American competitors.
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 12, 2010 9:00 PM PST

Google's peers mulling their options in China

Internet companies operating in China are reviewing their strategies following Google's blockbuster news that it might exit the market. But no one seems ready to make a move.
• Microsoft, Yahoo to follow Google's lead in China?
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 13, 2010 5:23 PM PST

U.S. law firm behind China piracy suit targeted in attacks

It's unknown whether an e-mail attack targeted at firm's lawyers is related to the mid-December attacks on Google and other companies that also originated in China.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
January 13, 2010 5:34 PM PST

Unpatched Adobe holes link Google, earlier attacks

PDF files exploiting unpatched holes in Adobe Reader were used in attacks on Google and others in December and a previous targeted attack on 100 U.S. companies last summer, an expert says.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
• Gmail to get secure Net connection by default
January 12, 2010 8:11 PM PST

Google to stop censoring in China, may pull out

Following attacks on Gmail accounts of human rights activists, Google says it will no longer censor search results in China and might shut down Google.cn.
(Posted in Relevant Results by Tom Krazit)
January 12, 2010 3:00 PM PST

previous coverage

Google's censorship struggles continue in China

At some point before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, Google changed its method for censoring search results. It refuses to discuss the new method.
• China blocks sites prior to 20th anniversary of Tiananmen
June 16, 2009

Olympic head: No deal on Internet censorship

IOC president applauds organization of Summer Games, says there was no deal with Chinese government to restrict journalists' Internet access.
August 2, 2008

YouTube ban only erodes China's image

Attempting to seize control of news about Tibet violence, China is only attracting more negative press worldwide as the country prepares to host Olympic games.
March 17, 2008

Yahoo settles lawsuit with jailed Chinese journalists

Settlement comes one week after U.S. Representatives tell Yahoo's Yang to settle the suit filed by journalists after Yahoo provided information to Chinese government.
November 13, 2007

How good are the censors in China?

From China, CNET reporter Michael Kanellos searches the Internet for "Tiananmen," and sees just how editors can alter history in the Digital Age.
• Web 2.0 madness grips China
May 29, 2007

The collective amnesia over Shi Tao

CNET's Charles Cooper says Silicon Valley would do well to borrow a page from the history of the antiapartheid struggle.
March 30, 2007

China: We don't censor the Internet. Really

Chinese government official draws incredulous stares at U.N. summit when denying that the Great Firewall of China exists.
October 31, 2006

Politicos attack tech firms over China

Head of Congressional Human Rights Caucus says Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Yahoo should be "ashamed."
February 1, 2006

No booze or jokes for Googlers in China

In its move to comply with Chinese laws, the search giant filters out a wide range of sites beyond those critical of Beijing.
January 26, 2006