Google, China, Censorship and Hacking

Graham Cluley

I was out of the office yesterday and away from a computer, so I wasn’t able to comment on what is undoubtedly the biggest computer security story so far this year: the news that Google was looking to stop censoring its search engine results in China, after discovering that someone in the country had tried to hack into the Gmail accounts of human rights activists.

There have been plenty of companies and organisations on the receiving end of targeted attacks in the past, what’s different about this story is that Google took the highly unusual step of admitting that it had been on the receiving end of an attack, and point a very public finger at who they believed to be responsible.

So, what happened?

According to a Google statement, Google and at least 20 other large companies have been on the receiving end of a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack”…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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