China's government blasts Google on Gmail account attack blame

On Wednesday, Google announced that it had discovered that hundreds of its Gmail accounts were the victim of an attack that it said originated from China. Today that country's government has gone on the media offensive, blasting Google on the implication that China's government had something to do with the Gmail attacks. The Telegraph web site reports that Hong Lei, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, said, "Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable." He added, "Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives."

In fact Google's blog post on Wednesday didn't directly blame the Chinese government for the attacks. It only said that the attacks seems to have originated from Jinan, China. Google said that the attacks affected the Gmail accounts of "hundreds of users including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists."

Google added that it believe that the object of the attacks was "to monitor the contents of these users’ emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples’ forwarding and delegation settings." Google said it detected the effort, informed the affected users and "secured its accounts". It also said that it has informed the normal government agencies about the attacks. The Gmail accounts did not affect Google's internet network with Google saying, " ... these account hijackings were not the result of a security problem with Gmail itself."

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tanjiajun_34 said,
"Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim."

For some reasons... I laugh when I read that....

I trololol'd

the420kid said,
why are senior U.S. government officials using gmail? you got to be kidding me..

You don't think they have personal email accounts? What do you use? AOL?

Jack Musick said,

You don't think they have personal email accounts? What do you use? AOL?

AIN'T NUTHIN MORE TRUER TO AMERICANS THAN AMERICA ONLINE. /s

dead.cell said,

AIN'T NUTHIN MORE TRUER TO AMERICANS THAN AMERICA ONLINE. /s

ain't nothin more truer to online kids than a stuck caps lock key.

Max Norris said,

I miss getting my weekly coaster in the mail.

I miss the free floppies. I used to put tape, look for anything useful, format, and re-use. I got a free copy of Real Player Plus on one with key included.

I dont think the google blog post claims these attacks were state supported, they only point to the geographical area in which they believe they originated from. It's actually the very specific targets that raise suspicion.

In our local news here, they said Google blamed the Chinese government so idk. But still 'originated from China' sounds like a pun to the gov't to me.

Anooxy said,
In our local news here, they said Google blamed the Chinese government so idk. But still 'originated from China' sounds like a pun to the gov't to me.

Yep, and look up the news report on how Portal 2 is offensive and abusive to adopted kids...Another awesome example of news anchors not knowing their arse from a teleprompter.

coth said,
wouldn't surprise if google is just blackmailing.

Really? What the hell is wrong with people today? Can't you just take it at face value that Google is telling the truth and that hackers from China were responsible for a break in? I mean what on earth would compel you to think Google is blackmailing China by releasing this information to the public, that is the opposite of what black mail is. In fact I'm just going to ask you to apologize for that horrible post of yours. Horrible.

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