China rejects Google's Gmail hacking accusation

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Beijing, Jun 2: Chinese government on Thursday, Jun 2 rejected Google's accusation of playing a role in cyber war against Google. Chinese government officials said that it was "unacceptable" to blame China for all hacking attempts.

While commending on Google's accusations that hackers from Jinan in Shandong province attempted to intrude into hundreds of Google mail accounts including senior US government officials, Chinese political activists etc, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told that, "Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable."

"Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called support for hacking are completely unfounded and have ulterior motives," he said.

"The so-called statement that the Chinese government supports hacking attacks is a total fabrication... It has ulterior motives." he added further.

Google on Wednesday said that cyber criminal attempted to hack Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including senior US government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries, military personnel and journalists.

"The goal of this effort seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users' emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples' forwarding and delegation settings," Google said.

Hackers targeted the Gmail accounts by using malware and phishing scams that trick users into sharing their passwords, or by using passwords obtained by hacking other websites.

Following the hacking news, industry experts warned of a cyber war between China and Western countries. Some of the news reports blamed China of funding the hackers for hacking foreign government's and officials websites and personal mail accounts.

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