Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Google denounces the existence of a Chinese spy network of users

More than a year after a major tussle between Google and Beijing, following the discovery by the American Internet giant of a wide hacking e-mails from Chinese dissidents, Google has announced that he had discovered a major attempt to monitor email accounts. In a statement posted on the official blog of the company, Google claims to have discovered a theft operation passwords "that appears to come from Jinan, China, which targeted particular personal Gmail accounts to hundreds of users, including senior U.S.

government officials, activists, Chinese, South Korean officials, soldiers and journalists. " According to the TARGET TRAPS search engine, hackers do not try to penetrate directly into Google's servers, but had set up traps targeted to steal passwords for the accounts listed. After taking control of the account, hackers could monitor the messages sent, for example by setting up an automatic redirection of all emails.

Google says it has notified all victims or potential victims, he secured accounts and warned that "government officials" - presumably the American Foreign Ministry, which sees Google as one of the spearheads of its policy of freedom of expression. INVASION OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION In January 2010, Google had hired a showdown with Beijing after he announced the discovery of a major hacking attempt that was, now, Gmail accounts of Chinese dissidents.

Never directly accuse Beijing, the search had suggested that the Chinese government, if not sponsored, endorsed at least these attacks. He then announced he would not continue to censor its search results, as required by Chinese law, which prohibits giving users access to photographs of Tiananmen.

Dubbed "Operation Aurora, this hacking attempt was also caused tensions between the United States, which had denounced an attack on freedom of expression and supported Google and China. After threatening to leave the territory of China, Google has finally decided to channel his services to the mainland by a server located in Hong Kong, which is not subject to the same restrictions.

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who was personally involved in this case, unveiled in May, the main thrust of U.S. policy on Internet safety for years to come. For the first time, the U.S. said was a cyber attack, from their point of view, in all respects comparable to a conventional attack, and they reserved the right to use military force to respond to an attempted attack.

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