Apparently, hackers in China were able to access personal Google email accounts of senior U.S. Government officials, Chinese political activist, officials from several Asian countries, journalists, military personnel and hundreds of others.
As the LA Times reports, Google posted in a blog post that hackers from China were able to access numerous personal email accounts of numerous people including government officials. Google was able to detect and disrupt the attack but could not prevent the hackers from gaining initial access to the accounts. Google did not disclose what information might have been exposed and has yet to release a comment.
Google believes these attacks came from Jinan, which is the capital city of eastern Shandong province. The city is home to Lanxiang Vocational School which supposedly has close ties to the military and has been a source of Chinese hacking.
A ministry spokesman from China, Hong Lei, responded to Google’s allegations and was quoted saying, “Blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable. Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called support for hacking are completely unfounded and have ulterior motives.
Google and China have had a rough relationship for a while now. Just last year, Google ignored the Chinese government’s request to censor search results on its Chinese website, google.cn.
The FBI is “working with Google to review this matter.”Further reading: Gmail, Google