China's Politburo directed hacks against Google and the US government, according to an informant quoted in US diplomatic cables.
On Sunday, The New York Times reported that it, via whistleblower site Wikileaks, had seen US Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) cables containing information pointing to Chinese involvement in hacks against companies, including Google, and US government infrastructure.
According to the newspaper, in January, a Chinese contact told the US embassy in Beijing that the Politburo — the governing body of the Communist Party of China — had orchestrated a hacking campaign against Google and other Western businesses.
"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 Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said," the newspaper report on the matter states.
In January of this year Google reported that its IT systems had faced a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" from China.
On 25 January the Chinese government issued a statement denying the allegations of being party to the intrusion. Any claim "that the Chinese government participated in [any] cyberattack, either in an explicit or inexplit way, is groundless", the statement said.