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China rejects Google hacking charges

RIA Novosti

16:50 02/06/2011

BEIJING, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - China rejected accusations of involvement in hacking attacks against Google on Thursday, saying such allegations were unacceptable.

Google, the world's largest search engine, said on Wednesday a clandestine campaign originating in China had targeted some users of Gmail, its e-mail service, aiming to steal passwords and monitor e-mail accounts.

Some of the users were senior US and South Korean government officials and Chinese political activists, according to media reports.

Google did not blame the Chinese government directly, but said the attacks originated in the city of Jinan, which is home to a computer technology center.

"Blaming China for such problems is unacceptable," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said responding to a reporter's question about Google's claim that a phishing scam which tricked targeted email users into giving up their passwords had originated in China.

"Hacking is an international problem, and China is also a victim," Hong said. "These claims are completely groundless."

Google announced in 2010 it would no longer comply with Chinese censorship requests, which it had complied with since opening a China-based search site in 2006.

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