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China's government suspected in Google's cyber attack

Original post made by GoogleWatch, News on Mountain View's largest employer, on Jan 14, 2010

China's government may have been responsible for the cyber attack on Google that has the company threatening to pull out of China, reports say.

[Web Link The Mercury News] reports that "a source close to the company said Wednesday that after Google's network came under a flurry of cyber attacks in mid-December, company engineers did in fact trace it to a branch of the Chinese government, or agents acting on its behalf."

The Mercury News also reports that, considering the size and scale of the attack, internet security experts agree that it could only have been pulled off by a very well organized, well funded organization, such an organized crime ring, government or government funded group. It is worth noting that human rights activists had their email accounts hacked into as part of that tack.

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo is also quoted, calling China a "pervasive hacker" and expressing concern that U.S. government employee emails may have also been hacked.

In related news, [Web Link The San Francisco Chronicle reports] that at least 20 other companies were targeted in the attack, including Adobe and Yahoo, but Microsoft was apparently spared.

[Web Link The New York Times reports] that situation has spurred a broad coalition to "reign in the conduct" of the growing country, especially it's censorship practices.

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