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Chinese President Hu Jintao is shown here reading an issue of state run newspaper People's Daily. The paper blasted Google in a Monday editorial, for calling out China on hacking.  (Source: People's Daily)

Google has endured an abusive relationship with the Asian giant, weathering constant attacks and thefts of its source code.  (Source: Josh Chin/WSJ)
Company claims Gmail attacks came from China; nation says "yea right"

Last week, Google Inc. (GOOG) had to scramble to deflect a concerted effort to steal hundreds of user passwords from its popular email service Gmail.  The company says the concerted phishing attack specifically targeted a cadre of high ranking targets -- "senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries, military personnel and journalists" -- much like a separate March attack which Google detected.  Google traced the attacks to IPs in the city of Jinan, the capital of China's eastern Shandong province and home to the headquarters of the intelligence unit of the People's Liberation Army.

On Monday a Chinese state-run newspaper, People's Daily, blasted Google (Chinese) for claiming the attacks traced back to its nation.  The newspaper billed Google a "political tool" used by the West to vilify the Asian giant.  It said that Google's statements could damage its position in China.

The threats are serious as People's Daily is the largest overseas newspaper of the Communist Party regime in China, and acts as somewhat of a government mouthpiece.  The newspaper accused Google of "deliberately pandering to negative Western perceptions of China, and strongly hinting that the hacking attacks were the work of the Chinese government."

The attacks article follows an official denial from officials at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, who claimed the attacks did not originate from China.

The article contained plenty of other juicy attacks on Google.

"Google's accusations aimed at China are spurious, have ulterior motives, and bear malign intentions," it read.

"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 government-run newspaper didn't elaborate what steps would be taken to "spurn" Google from the market place.

The Chinese government is reportedly still paranoid that the "contagion" of rebellion in the Middle East could infect its populous.  The nation has blocked Facebook and Twitter to try to choke the flow of unregulated information.  The group has also imprisoned several individuals including famed modern artist Ai Weiwei.  These recent behaviors have drawn international condemnation from the U.S. and others.

The U.S. government's largest military contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) was recently the victim of a major cyber attack that some sources close to the case say is believed to have initiated from China.  The attack was a sophisticated one, which Lockheed Martin just confirmed was enabled by information stolen from famed security firm RSA.

Tensions between the U.S. government and China have been running high on a number of issues, including censorship, rare earth metal trade, and contract bids.

For Google, these latest developments must feel like the latest chapter in a long and abusive relationship.  The company had its source code stolen from attackers traced to Chinese IPs.  After finding little sympathy from the Chinese government, the company uncensored its search engine, only to be banned from China.  Google eventually agreed to re-censor its search to avoid missing out on the lucrative market and has since been relicensed, though much tension remain.

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Like the U.S. has room to talk....
By strapmonkey on 6/6/2011 3:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
LOVE how the U.S. is so quick to condemn China for imprisoning some segment of its population. Really? We are typing, after all, about THE most incarcerated nation in the world ("land of the free" my ass). Latest estimates are 7 million Americans currently under state supervision, the vast majority for non-violent offenses in reference to "life style" legislation that is an artifact of its own being. Of all the "free" nations of the world, the U.S. is the last one that should be pointing fingers at any other nation for these sorts of shenanigans.

Recall Obama going on the tube and admonishing the Middle Eastern protesters for their "unlawful" behavior. Like any other action would've precipitated the sorts of (ostensible) reforms in those nations where the outcome has been a changing of the guard (again, ostensibly). The U.S. is miffed for two reasons, in that regard: 1) Because, in most instances, the protesters in those countries were rebelling against U.S. backed despots and 2) Because the U.S. government is getting mighty bunched as it occurs to them they're not far from facing that sort of social upheaval here at home. That's assuming we Americans can be bothered to put down the remote and Doritos long enough to critically assess the monumental social crimes perpetrated on the rank and file by the top 1%'ers here at home.

Let me just head off all the jack-booted fan bois tempted to rise to this post. Assertions of "love it or leave it" don't make you a patriot. The ability to appreciate the situation for what it is, the willingness to speak your mind about the subject, acceptance of the inalienable rights of free speech, free expression and self-determination and the fortitude to defend those rights in the face of an Orwellian fascist machine, no matter the personal cost, all make for true patriotism. Not that you'd know it if it bit you in the ass.

RE: Like the U.S. has room to talk....
By Chaser on 6/6/2011 4:30:30 PM , Rating: 3
Let me just head off all the jack-booted fan bois tempted to rise to this post. Assertions of "love it or leave it" don't make you a patriot.
Or the willingness to defend those freedoms regardless of circling black helicopters, birthers, truthers, and other popular conspiracy theories.

By strapmonkey on 6/7/2011 1:08:52 PM , Rating: 1
Those aren't real helicopters, buddy, inside you. The voices coming to you through your electric razor, however, those are real. Be sure to do what they tell you.

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