China's media makes a warning to Google

The state-run newspaper of China made a stern warning to Google today in the wake of Google's announcement that an attack on a number of Gmail accounts came from that country. Reuters reports that the People's Daily newspaper made the warnings in a front page commentary today, saying that, "Google's accusations aimed at China are spurious, have ulterior motives, and bear malign intentions."

Google revealed several days ago that hundreds of its GMail accounts were attacked with the intent to have emails forwarded to other accounts. Google said that the attacks came from China but did not directly name the Chinese government. However, the People's Daily newspaper commentary today said that Google's statements were, "deliberately pandering to negative Western perceptions of China, and strongly hinting that the hacking attacks were the work of the Chinese government."

The commentary also said that Google's remarks about the GMail account could even affect its business in that country, saying, "Google should not become overly embroiled in international political struggle, playing the role of a tool for political contention. For when the international winds shift direction, it may become sacrificed to politics and will be spurned by the marketplace." Google did not comment about the newspaper's commentary.

This is not the first time Google and the Chinese government have had issues. In 2010, the company complained about the government's censorship of Google in China and pulled out of the country partially as a result. Reuters reports that since then Google's search business has lost market share to Baidu, the local China search engine with 450 million users.

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I don't know why the Chinese media or even the Chinese government is getting their panties in a bunch over this. Google said the hacking originated from China, that is not the same thing as saying the hackers were government sponsored.

nubs said,
I don't know why the Chinese media or even the Chinese government is getting their panties in a bunch over this. Google said the hacking originated from China, that is not the same thing as saying the hackers were government sponsored.
Which knowing Chinese government, most likely happened?

"For when the international winds shift direction, it may become sacrificed to politics and will be spurned by the marketplace."

Damn, that wasn't a warning for Google only.

Not siding with China here but I don't think it's a common occurrence to name the country in relation to where the attacks came from every time it happens. You might as well name the entire planet. Google does have a little battle going on with China and why not, billions of people to mine for info. Change would be good but I wouldn't delude yourself to thinking it's all roses from Google.

oceanmotion said,
Not siding with China here but I don't think it's a common occurrence to name the country in relation to where the attacks came from every time it happens. You might as well name the entire planet. Google does have a little battle going on with China and why not, billions of people to mine for info. Change would be good but I wouldn't delude yourself to thinking it's all roses from Google.

Where have you been? Microsoft just announced the Rustock botnet in Russia being shutdown. There was a report on a small eastern Europe town that is supposedly some sort of cybercrime Mecca. Ever heard of a Nigerian 419 scam?

It is commonplace to announce where it came from.

China's philosophy is "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

MikeInBA said,
China's philosophy is "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
A bit narrow to say this is chinas philosophy? i think anyone with brains has this philosophy...

NamoBhagavan said,

too late. we didnt before they built the nuclear force

That may be what this is building towards. Earlier we had the Department of Defence in the US stating that military action could be a result of a hacking attempt; in other words, something of this nature could provide the excuse needed for warmongering generals to go to war. You know in the past, Kings and generals led from the front line. I'd love for these war mongering idiots to be forced to the front of any conflict they create. It would ensure world peace because our leaders are a million miles away from warrior Kings and fighting generals.

"In 2010, the country complained about the government's censorship of Google in China and pulled out of the country partially as a result."

The country complained and pulled out of the country?
Think that should be company? As in Google.

Leonick said,
"In 2010, the country complained about the government's censorship of Google in China and pulled out of the country partially as a result."

The country complained and pulled out of the country?
Think that should be company? As in Google.


Use the report button like me, or was it your intention to stress a funny?

GS:mac

Leonick said,
"In 2010, the country complained about the government's censorship of Google in China and pulled out of the country partially as a result."

The country complained and pulled out of the country?
Think that should be company? As in Google.

Is it just me or almost every original article written by Neowin (using external news sources) seems to have a mistake or two these days?

TokyoKiller said,

Is it just me or almost every original article written by Neowin (using external news sources) seems to have a mistake or two these days?


Take note of Neowin's motto, and use the report button.

TokyoKiller said,

Is it just me or almost every original article written by Neowin (using external news sources) seems to have a mistake or two these days?


Is that really such a big problem? It's just a typo.

So they state that the attack came from China and suddenly they are getting involved in western politics. If the attacks came from China they came from China, there are only so many ways to state to the facts! Also if there is a single country that is "spurious, have ulterior motives, and bear malign intentions" its most definitely China.

Hollow.Droid said,
So they state that the attack came from China and suddenly they are getting involved in western politics. If the attacks came from China they came from China, there are only so many ways to state to the facts! Also if there is a single country that is "spurious, have ulterior motives, and bear malign intentions" its most definitely China.

heh, the west. Using those "Facts" again.

I have no problem with Google reporting the attacks came from China. But while thinking about it, I realized that I don't often see things saying "the attack originated from the USA" or "the attack originated from Minnesota." It seems like the source of attacks is only reported when it's from certain places like China or Russia.

Xerax said,

heh, the west. Using those "Facts" again.

Heh, China. Lumping everyone who disagrees with them into "the west".

SkolVikings said,
But while thinking about it, I realized that I don't often see things saying "the attack originated from the USA" or "the attack originated from Minnesota." It seems like the source of attacks is only reported when it's from certain places like China or Russia.
Couldn't that be because of a lack of attacks, not a lack of reporting?

Kirkburn said,
Couldn't that be because of a lack of attacks, not a lack of reporting?

It's media bias. If a hacker gets into the NASA servers in the USA but he is in Britain, then its not the UK that did the attack: it's one man. However, if an attack originates from China... it's not written up as one man, but the reference is made to the whole country.