Here is something to note, don’t hack Google. Apparently several malicious hackers from Google have been banging on their virtual door. Strangely enough these attacks have originated in China. This wasn’t a bunch of bots or script kiddies, these attacks were targeted at Google and the malicious bastards knew what they were doing. They even managed to run away with some of Google’s intellectual property. But here’s the icing on the cake:
Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.
Well apparently this has made Google think about it’s China operation. First they are looking over the “viability” of their China operation. There is even the threat of pulling out of that country entirely (With how much money is at stake I’m betting this won’t happen). But effective already Google is no longer censoring search results on their Chinese page.
It’ll be interesting to watch how this turns how. I believe if you want to sell your toys in a country you need to follow that country’s rules. If you don’t like those rules you simply don’t go there. But seeing as how Google is playing by China’s rules and being punished for it I’d say screw it as well.