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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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By PaterPelligrino on 6/8/2011 1:49:16 PM , Rating: 2
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Seriously, does anyone really believe the Chinese Politburo anymore? They rant, rail against the world, and expect everyone to believe them...sure, they are innocent...and Bin Laden was never in Pakistan either!


So because Bin Laden was in Pakistan contrary to the protestations of the Pakistani gov't, the Chinese are liars? You ever considered a job in talk radio?

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I urge everyone here to join me in boycotting the goods and services of the People's Republic of China.


You mean the goods of all those non-Chinese companies who manufacture their products in China so as to minimize labor costs? Is there anything these days that isn't made in China? But I'm with you on this, let's bring those manufacturing jobs back home. Until Homo Sap transcends the tribal and embraces his 'all men are brothers' side, best to make our own stuff. But then maybe internationalizing production is an effective disincentive to war. Life is complicated.

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Any money we send their way is going to be used against us at some point. For proof, just look at the Chinese newest military toys. Advanced stealth fighters, anti-aircraft carrier ballistic missiles, and anti-satellite weaponry. Can there be ANY doubt that their military is gearing up for a WAR with the US? And the funny part is that us DUMB AMERICANS are funding it!


Of course China's military is gearing up for war with their most likely military adversaries, that's the job of every country's military. Isn't that what our military does?

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So do your part, and quit funding Communist governments bent on world conquest!


"It's just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right
With your hands on your hips
You bring your knees in tight
But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane,
Let's do the Time Warp again!"

The Communist dictatorship bent on world conquest stuff is just rabble-rousing nonsense designed to stir up just those same "DUMB AMERICANS" you rail against, the ideological equivalent of the Saddam Hussein taking down the Twin Towers story used to sell us the trillion-dollar Iraqi war. Nobody in his right mind thinks world conquest either possible or desirable.

Whatever else the Chinese gov't may be, Communist it's not. In any case, China's external political policies haven't changed in 2000 years.


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