Google may pay for Gmail hack claims: China

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Beijing, Jun 6: It seems like the techno-war between internet giant Google and the Chinese Communist government reached new heights with the recent hacking attempt on Gmail accounts of senior United States officials and Chinese political activists.

Taking a firm step against Google's accusation of Chinese government behind the Gmail hacking, China warned Google of becoming a political tool of West. Chinese government's official newspaper People's Daily blamed that Google was "deliberately pandering to negative Western perceptions of China, and strongly hinting that the hacking attacks were the work of the Chinese government."

The editorial report appeared in the overseas edition of the People's Daily just a few days after Google's blame of China acting behind the Gmail hack. According to Google, which pulled its search engine service out of China over censorship issues with the government, Cyber criminals based in Jinan in China intruded to Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including senior US government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries, military personnel and journalists.

Soon after the attack, China rejected Google's claim and said that it was "unacceptable" to blame China for all hacking attempts. China said that claims of so-called support for hacking are completely unfounded and have ulterior motives.

The latest Chinese reaction against Google will intensify the tension between United States and China. Moreover, US government ordered FBI to investigate about the hack, which it believes to be funded by China government.

The paper warned that 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," the report said.

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