Google will stop filtering, after dissident Gmail accounts targeted by China

On the Google blog today, news that the search giant experienced an internet attack aimed at Chinese dissidents' Gmail accounts. The attack is presumed to have been the work of the Chinese government, and may lead to Google shutting down operations in China:

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, 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, and potentially our offices in China.

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