Cyber Espionage gets personal.
Gmail has been hacked. Yes, you heard it right and people aren’t happy, specially account holders like senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists. Google made a public statement about the incident and warned users of any phishing scams. Google added that they are not sure of who is responsible, but have traced many of the attacks to Jinan, the capital of Shandong province and a suspected centre of cyber espionage. The register notes that China has denied the allegations and have declared themselves a victim of cyber crime.
Hong Lei told a regular press conference. “The so-called statement that the Chinese government supports hacking attacks is a total fabrication out of nothing. It has ulterior motives.”
Google has always had trouble with the Chinese government and their censor regulations. Last year the Lanxiang vocational school in Jinan was linked to the so-called Aurora attacks against Google.
“It is very hard to say this is a problem caused by any one country. China is also sometimes a victim,” said Song Jiaxing, a professor in the computer department of Tsinghua University. “What this certainly shows is that security measures are inadequate. It’s like operating a goldmine without sufficient locks.”