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Google Withdrawal Threat Based on Cybersecurity Concerns

Earlier this week, Google threatened to withdraw from the Chinese market. Google made it clear that its decision was made after numerous internet denial–of–service attacks and hacking of numerous Google email accounts—many of which were the accounts of human rights and Tibet activists and Chinese government critics.

Although Google did not explicitly implicate the Chinese government in the attacks,  on The Diane Rehm show this week, Alan Paller of the SANS institute said that the nature, quantity and quality of the attacks indicated a level of precision that would only be possible through a military system. Paller said that the attackers are capable of compromising a computer system in such a way that the contents can be copied without even a sophisticated user knowing anything had happened. Paller said British MI5 told businesses that if they did business in China, their computers will be compromised.



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