Internet giant Google has said it may end its operations in China following a "sophisticated and targeted" cyber attack originating from the country.A primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. It said it had also discovered that the accounts of dozens of US, China and Europe-based Gmail users, who are "advocates of human rights in China", appeared to have been "routinely accessed by third parties".
Chinese rival Baidu called the move "hypocritical" and financially driven. In US trade on Wednesday Baidu's shares were up 13%, and Google's down 0.57%. Google launched google.cn in Protected content , agreeing to some censorship of the search results, as required by the Chinese government. It currently holds around a third of the Chinese search market, far behind Baidu with more than 60%.