China Denies Involvement in Google Email Hacking
China denied involvement in a high-profile cyber attack targeting senior U.S. officials, Chinese political activists, journalists and military personnel Thursday. "Allegations that the Chinese government supports hacking activities are completely unfounded and made with ulterior motives," Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. On Wednesday, Google announced that the Gmail accounts of more than 100 influential people in the U.S., China and "several Asian countries" were broken into by a phishing attack. The search giant said the attacks originated from Jinan, China and didn't rule out the possibility that the attacks were state-sponsored. The Associated Press notes that Jinan is home to a military vocational school "whose computers were linked to an assault 17 months ago on Google's systems." Last March, that assault led Google to partially withdraw from China and accuse it of partial involvement in the attacks.
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