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    Google pulls out of China

    Google are closing google.cn due to an outbreak of hacking.

    In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.

    First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses--including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors--have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.

    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.
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    China's instructions on reporting on Google

    Google announced this week that it would move its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong and stop censoring search results to suit China's leaders. In China, the government has sought to control how Chinese media portray Google's decision. Below we reprint the government's instructions to domestic news Web sites.

    All departments:
    1, On the Neijiang-Suining (内江—遂宁) Highway construction site, a truck ran over and killed villagers. No reporting.
    2, Some editors from Science Fiction World Magazine (《科幻世界》) published a public letter online. No reporting.
    3. Google.cn switched its services from inland to Hong Kong, only use Xinhua general text, don’t play it up.

    Propaganda direction: Please every platform block the following information. 《Examining China》(《透视中国》); exposing five industry fields controlled by China’s princelings; Wen Jiabao’s solo “democracy” performance; at the crucial moment of the core power transition, political inner-circle releasing subtle messages; Beijing high officials’ “outrageous behaviors” during the “two sessions” causing many guesses.

    Please execute.
    All chief editors and managers:

    Google has officially announced its withdrawal from the China market. This is a high-impact incident. It has triggered netizens' discussions which are not limited to a commercial level. Therefore please pay strict attention to the following content requirements during this period:

    A. News section:

    1. Only use Central Government main media (website) content; do not use content from other sources.

    2. Reposting must not change title.

    3. News recommendations should refer to Central government main media websites.

    4. Do not produce relevant topic pages; do not set discussion sessions; do not conduct related investigative reporting.

    5. Online programs with experts and scholars on this matter must apply for permission ahead of time. This type of self-initiated program production is strictly forbidden.

    6. Carefully manage the commentary posts under news items.

    B. Forums, blogs and other interactive media sections:

    1. It is not permitted to hold discussions or investigations on the Google topic.

    2. Interactive sections do not recommend this topic, do not place this topic and related comments at the top.

    3. All websites please clean up text, images and sound and videos which attack the Party, State, government agencies, Internet policies with the excuse of this event.

    4. All websites please clean up text, images and sound and videos which support Google, dedicate flowers to Google, ask Google to stay, cheer for Google and others have a different tune from government policy.

    5. On topics related to Google, carefully manage the information in exchanges, comments and other interactive sessions.

    6. Chief managers in different regions please assign specific manpower to monitor Google-related information; if there is information about mass incidents, please report it in a timely manner.

    We ask the Monitoring and Control Group to immediately follow up monitoring and control actions along the above directions; once any problems are discovered, please communicate with respected sessions in a timely manner.

    Addition[al] guidelines:

    -- Do not participate in and report Google's information/press releases.

    -- Do not report about Google exerting pressure on our country via people or events.

    -- Related reports need to put [our story/perspective/information] in the center, do not provide materials for Google to attack relevant policies of our country.

    -- Use talking points about Google withdrawing from China published by relevant departments.
    China News: The Ministry of Truth Limits Reporting on Google in China 03/23/10 (Updated) | China Digital Times (CDT)



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