Was China cyber attack on Google partly an inside job?
January 18, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Last week Google reported it had been hit by cyber-attacks from China largely aimed at accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human right activists. Google which holds a roughly one-third share of the search market in China, supposedly said it might close down its China offices partly as a result, and partly because of growing attempts to limit free speech online. Google is still in the process of scanning its internal networks since the mid-December cyber attacks but according to a new Reuters report, the search giant is investigating whether the cyber-attack may have been partly an inside job.
Sources, who are familiar with the situation, told Reuters that the attack, which targeted people who have access to specific parts of Google networks, may have been done in cooperation with people working in Google China’s office.
“We’re not commenting on rumor and speculation. This is an ongoing investigation, and we simply cannot comment on the details,” a Google spokeswoman said in response to questions regarding the situation.
Google was cited in the same report as saying it planned to hold talks with the Chinese government during the next few weeks. Beijing for its part has suggested there may be a number of ways to fix the issue but also pointed out that any foreign company operating within the borders of China would have to operate according to Chinese law.