WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

Summary: The New York Times is reporting that one of the U.S. State Department cables in the WikiLeaks release is directly linking China's political leaders to the 'Operation Aurora' cyber-attacks on Google and other U.S. companies.

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The New York Times is reporting that one of the U.S. State Department cables in the WikiLeaks release is directly linking China's political leaders to the 'Operation Aurora' cyber-attacks on Google and other U.S. companies.

The Google attack was "part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government," according to one of the leaked cables.

From the article:follow Ryan Naraine on twitter

A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the cables said.

Microsoft says Google was hacked with IE zero-day

Google has already pinned the blame for the "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" on China but there has been little tangible (public) evidence proving conclusively that it was a state-sponsored hack.

The attacks occurred during 2009 and included the use of a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.  The attackers were able to hack into corporate systems at more than 30 U.S. companies, including Google, Adobe and Juniper Networks.

Topics: Google, Browser, Microsoft

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  • wow

    O'RLY?
    Tommy S.
    • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

      let's just start running at their networks and systems
      rparker009
  • Who would have guessed?

    I thought it was Superman.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      I thought it was Richard Prior
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

        @LiquidLearner - LOL
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • As opposed to the late, great African-American standup ..

        @LiquidLearner .. comedian, [i]Richard Pryor[/i]
        thx-1138_
  • Ridiculous. Just because some ignorant diplomants thought it was China

    it does not mean it was.

    Ridiculous title.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

      @denisrs everyone knows it was. This is not new news.
      Jimster480
      • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

        @Jimster480

        ... but now that WikiLeaks has verified it, it is indeed true.
        Too Old For IT
  • Time for Google to attack the Chinese government

    - Support 100% of all dissident searches.
    - Send 50% of all chinese government searches to wrong sites, preferrably half of those being for child porn.
    - Send the other 50% of chinese government searches to sites that are on topic, but with bad information.
    Dr_Zinj
  • Shocking!

    I am shocked to learn that the Chinese government is behind these attacks.<br><br>I am also shocked to learn that in Nevada, people are gambling.

    Here is my prediction. I sincerely hope I am wrong.

    Wikileaks, "cyber-attacks" from our "enemies" and "Net neutrality" will all be amongst the varied reasons that free and open access to the Internet for United States citizens will soon be a thing of the past.
    PepperdotNet
    • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

      @Pepper.dot.Net

      I'm shocked to learn that Mexican drug cartels have fully militarized the US - Mexico border, and are engaged in operations in Arizona and New Mexico.
      Too Old For IT
  • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

    Yeah, as if they needed to hack the wests computer systems to find out the arse has fallen out of their economies
    asninsp
  • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

    Wow! Who could've thought the Chinese government would do such a thing!!!
    WikiLeaks must've made a typo!
    CoolMan99-21973909561299380370687555295825
  • Carefull Asshat...

    ... err Assange. The Chinese might not be content with just hand-wringing and moaning about what you're doing.
    Hallowed are the Ori
  • RE: WikiLeaks: China was behind cyber-attack on Google

    Wikileaks won't tell you :
    - who was behind 9/11
    - about US torture in Abu-Ghraib
    - why they put nano-particles in H1N1 vaccine
    - etc...

    Leaks are carefully chosen and will just confirm :

    - China is bad, really bad
    - Iran is just worst..

    Psy-ops i love you.
    Add some paranoid hacking, and Interpol searching for Assange... And there u go Wikileaks is the greatest....wake up plz
    s
    neeeko