China behind hack attack on senior US officials’ Googlemail

A Google blog alleged that journalists, US officials and military bods suffered a hack attack by unknown sources based in Jinan, China.

A post on the Google bog said that it had discovered that a campaign by hackers used malware and the phishing to entice people to share passwords.

The bog said that the attack affected hundreds of users including “senior US government officials, Chinese politcal activitists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists.

“The goal of this effort seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users’ emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples’ forwarding and delegation settings,” Google said.

But Google noticed and cut the bandits off at the gulch because it’s got strong cloud based security and abuse detection systems. It was able to disrupt the attack.

Its internal systems were unaffected by the attack this time round. Google didn’t say what the motive of the hackers was. The bog is here.

Update: China has denied that it is behind a wave of attacks against Google and said that the search engine outfit had “ulterior motives” in trying to blame the government in Beijing.

A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said it was unacceptable to blame Beijing as it was also a victim.

“The so-called statement that the Chinese government supports hacking attacks is a total fabrication out of nothing. It has ulterior motives.”