Google, one of the major Internet search engines said that it is ready to pull out of China the biggest Internet user nation because of the increasing sophisticated attacked on its online properties and censorship on search results in the country. China announced a major breach of Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists by hackers is the latest attack. Google stated that it is no longer willing to continue censoring results in China. Though it did not accuse the Chinese government for the breach but said it was not willing to censor results on, the Chinese version of Google. Google also postponed the launch of two mobile phones in China in wake of the current issue, which is seen as a tactical step to increase pressure on the Chinese government.

Google launched itself in China in 2006. China has the largest number of Internet users who account for about 350 million, than any other country with an estimated search-engine market worth $1bn (£618m) in 2009.

According to an article in the telegraph, Google has only 30 per cent of the Chinese Internet market. The local company, Baidu is the search engine leader in China with more than 60 percent market share. The rest is held by other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo.

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