Google's Problems in China (B)

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Case Code : BSTR374
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 2000-2010
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Google Inc
Industry : Internet Search
Countries : China, US

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However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident - albeit a significant one - was something quite different."5

On the same day, Google announced its investigations into the attacks which showed that at least twenty more large companies in different fields like finance, technology, media, chemicals, etc. had come under similar attacks. According to Google, the main aim of attacking its website was to access Gmail6 accounts of some advocates of human rights in China located in Europe, the US, and China. Several Gmail accounts were accessed by third parties originating from China through phishing7 and malware.

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5] David Drummond, "A New Approach to China,", January 12, 2010.
6] Gmail is an e-mail service provided by Google.
7] Phishing involves sending e-mails with an attachment or a link, asking users to click on them. Clicking on these links installs malware on users' computers. Once installed, the malware or malicious software could be used to obtain passwords and details of e-mail accounts.

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