NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Google said Tuesday that it may leave China and shut down its strictly monitored site there, Google.cn, citing censorship rules and a targeted cyber attack on its network infrastructure.
In a blog post, senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer David Drummond said the search giant first detected the attack last month and thought it posed a security threat, adding that the company frequently faces cyber attacks of varying degrees.
But an investigation of the attack exposed evidence that showed the attackers' primary goal was to access Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, Drummond said. While two accounts were hacked, the accessed information was limited to the date the account was created and subject lines, not the content of any emails.
Interestingly Google is also saying they are going to stop filtering content on google.cn and is now talking with Chinese officials to see how and if it can be done within Chinese law. If it can't they will/may just withdraw from the China market.
Another story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/13/world/asia/13beijing.html
I say good for Google, not enough business respond to the bad business environment that exists in China. From intellectual property theft, to blatant product knock offs and copyright violations, to their substandard industry controls and outright theft of product (not by the gov't), there is much that China must address but won't because it benefits them, hurts competitors, and would slow growth and employment.