13 January 2010


Anybody who got their gmail accounts phished by those Shanghai digital banditos should feel a measure of justice has been meted out with the news today that Google is threatening to pull out of the PRC. Many months ago, Yahoo knuckled under to the Beijing government and supplied them with information about account holders. Google appears to be made of sterner stuff. One hopes it is not a bluff. Also, one wonders whether these miscreant phishermen might have been on the Chinese government's payroll. Several news outlets reported today that many of the phishing expeditions targeted critics of the government, and known dissidents. Phishing thousands of Google accounts worldwide might have been nothing more than cover for a more specific operation.

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