Over the last two weeks, China and the US have engaged in a round of diplomatic sparring over attacks against Google. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that China investigate the attacks, while China accused the US of having a hacking double standard, and of using the Internet to foment revolution in Iran. In the ensuing back and forth, Google pulled its operations out of China, and criticized the Chinese government for censoring search results.
Sure, the attacks were launched from Taiwanese servers, a hallmark of Chinese cyberwarfare. And yes, the Google infiltration included, among many other things, the theft of emails from Chinese dissidents.
However, the virus used to perpetrate the attack originated from outside of China, contradicting earlier claims that the hacking software first appeared in a Chinese-language only journal. And any links between the Taiwanese servers and the Chinese mainland are circumstantial at best.
Of course, none of this absolves China either. China may very well have instigated the Google attack, it's just very hard to say one way or the other based on the evidence that has been released to the public thus far. Rather, the inability to easily track the origin of these attacks highlights the danger of cyberwar, where ambiguous virtual actions can lead to concrete real-world consequences.
US internet policies in Iran are not in question here China!
You're standing in the way of Google's world domination.
@Meshca china wants the evil bing to take over
Off topic -- is Hillary burping? Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
Anytime you reference Dan Goodin from The Register tells your readers that the article has no foundation in fact.
Everybody is free to hack my bank account :)
Let me get this straight... You state the attack originated in Taiwan. But the virus may have been developed in another country. And this calls into question Chinas roll in the attacks. So... if Canada bombs say Mexico, but uses weapons bought from the US then, would that to call into question Canadas roll in those, albeit hypothetical, attacks? I'm gonna say no. Your journalism skills need serious work buddy.
This isnt looking good guys. I'm not a crazy guy living in a bunker or anything, but this kind of political bickering and small stuff can start wars. The U.S. is in a recession and China has just exploded as a world power. I think we need to be careful with our pointer finger.
lnwolf41 You never do the crime yourself you hire othere people to do the dirty work and point to someone eles. If China did it and I'm not saying they didn't do it, think of all the money they would lose,if they started a war, remember Walmart buys all their stuff from china, not to mention all major power tools are produced in china that we buy.
I'm not as concerned over Google's absence in China as I am over the fact that China holds the majority of American assets in addition to being our largest creditor. Being a private corporation, Google is free to make it's own decisions but they may want to consider (if they have them) who holds their international shares.
I blame the repugnantcans for cozying up to China and then borrowing trillions from them. What did they expect would happen? Little by little they will just start treating us like we were some back water of their own country. The repugnantcans gave them the ability to push their weight around. We should tighten our belts, pay them off , and be free of the hold they have on us. The products they make are untrustworthy and often dangerous. They lie and are not honest to each other, what can you expect from them? Google was just being greedy when they went in there in the first place. China only let them in so they could have a conduit to all our private information which they have actively been exploring how to obtain. Someone is surprised by all this?
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