Thursday, June 2, 2011

China refuses to take responsibility for the hijacking Google

China said it was "unacceptable" to take on "responsibility" of the operation of flights passwords of Gmail accounts, said Thursday, June 2, Hong Lei, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry. "The alleged statement saying that the Chinese government supports the cyber attacks is fabricated. It has ulterior motives," said Mr.

Hong at a press conference. The group's search engine was announced yesterday that Gmail email accounts of senior U.S. officials, Chinese dissidents, military officials and journalists had been pirated, indicating that the attack came from China. "We recently discovered a campaign to collect passwords, probably through the 'phishing'," said an official of Google, Eric Grosse, in a note on the official blog of the company.

"The goal of this maneuver seems to have been to monitor the content of those users' accounts. Google has identified this campaign and has put an end," added the head of Google. Interviewed by Agence France-Presse, a source at the White House said that senior U.S. administration officials were a priori not affected by this piracy.

"We look to reports and seek to gather the facts," said one official on condition of anonymity. "We have no reason to believe that an email account official U.S. government has been hijacked," added the official. HARDENING OF POSITIONS This case comes 18 months after 'Operation Aurora, "a hacking attempt of Google accounts in China, which had greatly strained relations between the U.S.

and China. Several governments have also recently announced they will strengthen their capabilities in cyber defense. May 16, the White House has unveiled new regulations stating that the U.S. "will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace the same way as any other threat to the country." It was a week before the U.S.

defense group Lockheed Martin announced that its computer systems had been hacked. The United Kingdom also seeks to expand its military expertise in cyber attacks, not only defensively but also offensively, recently revealed the British press. Until now, virtually every country said they have only defensive capabilities online.

NATO has, for example, in Tallinn, Estonia, a center dedicated to the fight against cyber threats. But during May, the United States and China have suggested a hint that they had prepared some offensive weapons.

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