However the Google Domain is still live for other things like maps = Google Maps China
Is still live. As are Google Images and Google Products and Google Q & A all for China on the .CN domain.
And most important of all the firewall of china is now turned off according to Googles owns Blog. It will be interesting to see how China reacts especially as officially Hong Kong is still on Chinese soil.
This all resolves from the Aurora Attacks. Many big companies got hacked in those attacks but it was not Google’s own accounts being hacked that got its goat. It was however the accounts of many prominent Chineese human rights activists who had their Gmail details hacked.
In fact according to Google the hackers were after two things, firstly the accounts and details of the activists and then secondly the source code of many internal applications. They accessed the source code via source management systems.
What will be interesting is how the Chineese Government react to this change (especially if Google remove the censorship from searches). So far they have only stated that “There will be consequences”
And just to prove that the Google US Exec’s know how bad the human rights violations in China are they try and give their resident Chinese execs a get out of jail free card so the Ministry of State Secrets (MSS - Guojia Anquan Bu [Guoanbu])won’t come and round them up.
“Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them.”