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China threatens Google over hacking claims
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 1:05 AM IST
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China has warned Google that its business would suffer if it continues saying that Chinese spies are hacking the emails of the United States officials.
“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,” the Telegraph quoted a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, as saying. China’s Defence Minister Liang Guanglie also denied China’s involvement and said China was also a major target for hackers, stated ANI.
An editorial in the People’s Daily Overseas, the mouthpiece of Communist Party also accused Google of provoking a new dispute between China and the US.
“Google’s accusations aimed at China are spurious, have ulterior motives, and bear malign intentions. It should not become overly embroiled in international political struggle, playing the role of a tool for political contention”; it said.
Google had said last week that it had discovered an attempt to steal the email passwords of hundreds of its email account holders, including the US government officials, Chinese human rights activists and journalists in Jinan in China’s Shandong province. It had also closed down its China-based servers last year after complaining about hacking attacks and censorship.
Computer security experts in the US point out that the number of attacks emanating from China have spiked in recent months.

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