On the Google blog the company has presented a serious picture of how attacks on the Google site back in December seemed to have targeted Chinese activists. Google has concluded that these human rights activists have been the target of attacks by a very sophisticated network of cyber criminals trying to access their Gmail accounts.
Google goes on to state:
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 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 government 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.
I can only applaud the folks at Google for taking such a strong stance. It is unfortunate that our government can’t also put pressure on China to stop the aggressive behavior against those who oppose China and its continued human rights violations.
Maybe Google really does believe in its own motto ‘don’t be evil,’ after all.