WikiLeaks: China was behind 2009 Google hack

Cyber attacks which led Google to cease censoring search results in China were ''directed'' by the Chinese Politburo, according to diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.

According to The New York Times, among some 251,287 confidential communications between 274 embassies around the globe were cables revealing official Chinese involvement in the attacks.

A Chinese contact reportedly told the American Embassy in Beijing in January this year that the Google cyber attacks were part of a ''coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government.''

American government and business systems and systems of US allies were also targeted, according to the cables.

The Google attacks occurred in mid-December 2009 and were reported by the search giant to be a ''highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google.''

At least twenty other companies were also targeted including Adobe Systems, Symantec, Yahoo, Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical.

Google also stated that ''a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.''

As a result of the attacks, Google reversed its policy of complying with Chinese censorship and began redirecting search queries from mainland China to servers in Hong Kong which delivered uncensored results. The resulting dispute with the Chinese government was only resolved in July when Google backed down and agreed to resume censoring searches from google.cn.

WikiLeaks began publishing a massive cache of diplomatic cables on Sunday and will continue to release them over coming months. Just hours before the first cables were published, WikiLeaks reported via Twitter that it was ''currently under a mass distributed denial of service attack.''

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DARKFiB3R said,
What are "cables", another way of saying communications?

It usually means a message sent abroad.

DARKFiB3R said,
What are "cables", another way of saying communications?

Similar saying to "Sending a wire" both mean sending a message electronically to a far off location... left over terms from the olden days basically

"At least twenty other companies were also targeted including Adobe Systems, Symantec, Yahoo, Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical."

That does'nt look good on Symantec. A company that provides firewall and anti virus software. :-(

Gothic_Rebel said,
"At least twenty other companies were also targeted including Adobe Systems, Symantec, Yahoo, Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical."

That does'nt look good on Symantec. A company that provides firewall and anti virus software. :-(


Just because they were targeted doesn't mean they were successfully attacked.

China is just trying to mind its own business guys, lets not try and pin everything on em, if we can but for a moment.

DSLJay said,
Granted it sucks what China did. However, the wikileaks documents also make the United States look bad for spying on it's allies.
I honestly think the founder of wikileaks wants everyone to turn on everyone else and start world war 3.
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2...es-sparks-diplomacy-crisis/
Wikileaks does not release documents based on what they contain... They don't control the information they get, they just release what they do get after filtering names and stuff. It's not their fault if information they release makes countries get mad at each other.

To be honest they shouldn't be doing the spying if they don't want people to find out

Indeed... Or at least try learning how to keep their secrets, well, secret...

who wouldn't wanna probe google in the US ... who knows what data or how far their searches go into specially in government departments. But as others say, google themselves said it at the time it was them all along.

The Visitors said,
I love WikiLeaks.
What is wrong with you? Why would you love such sleazy website! You much be out of your mind or just not American. (Shaking My Head)

Toorop said,

He loves WikiLeaks for bringing out the truth. No matter what country one belongs to, one should always stand with the truth.

After all, one word of truth outweighs the whole world.

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