Google, Citing Cyber Attack, Threatens to Exit China

Miguel Helft and John Markoff report:

Google threatened late Tuesday to pull out of its operations in China after it said it had uncovered a massive cyber attack on its computers that originated there.

As a result, the company said, it would no longer agree to censor its search engine in China and may exit the country altogether.

Google said that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human right activists, but that the attack also targeted 20 other large companies in the finance, technology, media and chemical sectors.

Read more in The New York Times.

Related: Google Blog: A new approach to China.

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