China directed Google hacking: leaked US documents

Nov 28, 2010
A man walks past the Google company logo outside the Google China headquarters in Beijing in March 2010. The United States believes that Chinese authorities orchestrated a hacking campaign into computers of Google and Western governments, according to leaked documents cited Sunday by The New York Times.

The United States believes that Chinese authorities orchestrated a hacking campaign into computers of Google and Western governments, according to leaked documents cited Sunday by The New York Times.

The secret cables released by whistleblower site included one in which the US embassy in Beijing cited "a Chinese contact" who pointed to a government role in the hacking, the newspaper said.

"The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government," the newspaper said, citing the cable.

Chinese operatives are also believed to have broken into computers of US and Western allies along with those of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the , it said.

announced in March that it would no longer follow the communist government's instructions to filter searches for sensitive material after what it said were coordinated cyberattacks against the Internet company.

The hacking included infiltration of the Gmail accounts of Chinese dissidents.

Hacking campaigns originating from China have been reported before, including in a recent study by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

But US officials have stopped short of publicly accusing Beijing of , saying that the hacking could be the work of Chinese not linked to authorities.

WikiLeaks on Sunday unleashed a torrent of sensitive US cables, despite pleas from US officials that the release would jeopardize diplomatic efforts.

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Wasabi
1 / 5 (1) Nov 28, 2010
No surprises here.
I_Dont_Have_A_Name
1 / 5 (1) Nov 29, 2010
This is old news. Please go read 'Cyber War' by Richard A. Clarke. The same Richard A. Clarke that was the adviser on the presidents cabinet (Bush Term) against terrorism. Seriously this is nothing interesting.