Google vs. China: Cyber World War I
Mar 30, 2010, 15:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)
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"Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it
didn't go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of
anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or
trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google
declare the first salvo in its war against Chinese censorship by
moving its servers to Hong Kong.
"The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this
was war, declared by a private company on a nation state. Just
because Google doesn't have its own army (yet), or that no actual
physical weapons were fired doesn't make it any less of a battle.
And it is only going to get worse for all of us as other private
firms realize that they need to take control over their servers and
intellectual property. What is curious is how few companies signed
up for the cyber equivalent of the coalition of the willing -
GoDaddy was one of the few. Not Microsoft. Not Intel. No PC
manufacturer of any shape or size.
"Let's face it. No one wants to declare war on China, whatever
form that will take. Most of our PC hardware components are made
there. More people are using the Internet in China than the US
total population, and it is growing quickly, too. And while the
breaches on several Google accounts had Chinese origins, getting
accountability isn't easy."