Google briefs Clinton on Chinese cyber attack

Things are getting interesting following Google’s statement to stop censorship on Google search results in China ….

Clinton has made a brief statement “We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions. We look to the Chinese government for an explanation. The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy. I will be giving an address next week on the centrality of Internet freedom in the 21st century, and we will have further comment on this matter as the facts become clear.”

Google Enterprise president Dave Girouard stresses that the attack was “not an assault on cloud computing” and “we believe our customer cloud-based data remains secure.” It is unusual for corporations to disclose such attackzs precisely because of the uncertainty they might fuel among customers, but Google says it is opening up “because we are committed to transparency, accountability, and maintaining your trust.”

Read more at ars technica.

House rules on the privacy settings in Facebook

I came across a good article, a privacy checklist that you can use to have better control over your privacy settings on Facebook following the recent complaints concerning Facebook’s privacy change.

I have a Facebook profile for some time that I have used to understand its impact on how we are communicating, and make my own mind up on all the hype. However, I have become a little tired of it now… so much irrevelant information. Although there are ways to restict this popping up, it seems that it new irrelevant data pops up as it is created. I will deactivate my account, or even better commit Facebook suicide 😉

The Chinese cyber warriors are well armed

Following my previous post, and understanding Google’s sudden decision… or maybe not so sudden….

“The decision wasn’t made in a vacuum, but rather came after years of increasing cyberattacks from the Chinese mainland. A recent, massive infiltration attempt that targeted Google and 20 other tech companies was the final straw. Though Google stops short of naming the Chinese government as the party behind the attacks, the implication is clear.

Google refuses to censor content in China

Suddenly, Google has decided to stop censoring search results in China. Apparently Google’s patience ran at an all time low following allegations that Chinese hackers spied on human rights avocates over Google’s network. Read more at ars technica.

So how will this effect China’s search capabilities? Well not much was claimed on the Swedish radio today. There are other search engines used in China, although I didn’t catch the name of the most popular. So for China it is probably no big thing on a technical level, however it does send a very strong message on the political landscape.