China Government Denies any Role in Google Hacking Attacks

Posted on January 25, 2010 by .

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China Google Hack Attack A war of words is heating up between China and the United States regarding Internet policy.

China has now pleaded innocence in the ongoing cyber attack saga involving Google.

The statements carried on the state news agency Xinhua on Monday, come nearly two weeks after Google threatened to pull out of the country after finding that email accounts belonging to human-rights activists had been compromised.

Google traced the attacks to hackers in China, but has not directly accused the government of being behind them. The increasingly heated dispute is likely to create problems in negotiating a deal that would suit both Google’s and China’s interests.

The company said it remains optimistic it can persuade China’s ruling party to loosen restrictions on free expression on the internet, so it can keep doing business there. But the Chinese government has given little indication it will budge.

Any “accusation that the Chinese government participated in [any] cyber attack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and aims to denigrate China,” an unidentified spokesman for China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told Xinhua.

“We [are] firmly opposed to that,” the spokesman said. China’s Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper meanwhile, accused the US government of strictly controlling the Internet at home while urging other countries to build an “Internet freedom utopia.” “In reality, this ‘Internet freedom’ that it is marketing everywhere is nothing but a diplomatic strategy, and only an illusion of freedom,” the paper said.

Internet control is considered a critical matter of state security in China. Beijing promotes Internet use for commerce, but heavily censors content it deems pornographic, anti-social or politically subversive and blocks many foreign news and social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube.

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