The most recent hacking incidents, which appear to have originated in Jinan, Shandong province, have begun an intense debate over whether China can be a legitimate player in international internet regulation. Google’s announcement comes at a time when the internet is at the top of the global agenda. While the sophistication of the attacks seems to indicate Chinese government involvement, Beijing has steadfastly denied responsibility for this attack or any other.
From the Guardian:
In the Chinese English-language news media, responses to the allegations range from non-response (Global Times) to fierce rebuttals (Xinhua News Agency). The People’s Daily website even featured–prominently–an article about the “Internet Openness Conference” held in Beijing on June 1, 2011.
Again, Google complained about China undermining its cyberspace service. Just as its previous accusations, the world’s largest Internet search engine provided no solid proof to support its statement.
In a blog post updated on Wednesday, Google said a clandestine campaign originating in China targeted some users of Gmail, its e-mail service, aiming at stealing passwords and monitoring e-mail accounts.
It was the second time that Google arbitrarily pointed its finger at China. Last year, Google groundlessly accused the Chinese government of supporting hacker attack against it and pushed China to abandon legal regulations on the Internet by threatening to withdraw from the Chinese market.
The chimerical complaints by Google have become obstacles for enhancing global trust between stakeholders in cyberspace.
For the full article from Xinhua, click here.
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