So how about that Google — they’ve finally come back to their core principle: Do No Evil.
Not so fast, though. With both Google and China, what’s on the surface is not what’s really happening.
So, some speculation on Google’s new approach to China — and remember this is just purely personal speculation — and maybe I read too many John le Carré novels:
This cyberattack gives Google a great cover — the prodigal vendor returning to their core principle “do no evil.” Tears my eyes.
You gotta love the plot. Schmidt backs out of an untenable situation that he created, blaming the Chinese. The prodigal vendor returns to its principles, and Google is lauded for standing up to the Chinese.
Notice how Google also spins the good work they’ve done in helping the Chinese human rights activists who through no fault of Google had their Gmail accounts hacked. That’s a nice little sub-plot (also known as a red herring).
Bottomline — The substance of this event within Google’s executive chambers has nothing to do with security. Publicly announcing this attack and the suspected source is a PR event by Google to extricate itself from China, just like other web services firms Yahoo and eBay before them — we may never know the real business reason.
p.s. — the next time you send Gmail, think about this: How does Google know which Gmail users are “advocates of human rights in China?”