Friday, June 3, 2011

Jinan, the epicenter of the conflict between Google and Beijing

Shanghai, correspondence - In a new revolt against China, Google has terminated, Wednesday 1 June, on its official blog, attacks to access email content hundreds of users, including senior administration officials U.S., Chinese political activists, officials from various Asian countries, including South Korea, soldiers and journalists.

This campaign of "phishing" was, according to Eric Grosse, responsible for the security team of Google, enabling them to harvest passwords of users to forward their email addresses malicious. These attacks "appear to come from Jinan, China," said the U.S. firm, adding another layer to open conflict that opposes the government in Beijing.

The cautious tone used reflects the difficulty to locate and positively identify the hackers. Jinan, capital of Shandong Province is home to an office of recognition of the People's Liberation Army and a vocational school as co-contractors of the U.S. military had accused last year in New York Times, to be linked with a first wave of attacks against Google and other American companies.

The school officials had denied the face of these accusations, described by the Chinese government "highly irresponsible". Thursday, June 2, the spokesman of Foreign Ministry of China, Hong Lei, called Google's assertions of "total fabrication" and found them "unacceptable." Faced with cyber censorship in Beijing in January 2010, Google was the group left the reserve that characterizes traditional Western firms.

The world's leading search engines had threatened to cease its operations in China due to computer attacks, including against activists of human rights. Chinese media were then cataloged Google among the singers of American imperialism. The company had subsequently resolved to refer the complaints to its Internet services in Hong Kong, presumably to avoid alienating an entire market of 477 million Internet users, according to figures released in March 2011 a government institute, which he never managed more than a third of research behind its local competitor, Baidu.

21 March 2011, the California firm was again accused China of his address by courier, this time by technical means unprecedented. Accessing Gmail is significantly slowed, the only Chinese territory since the beginning of the revolutions in the Arab world. An important part of tools, free or paid, to bypass the "Great Wall" of control in China by encrypting web connections and linking to abroad, have also been taken out of service by attacks on their servers.

Ten days after reports of attacks "politically motivated", Google denounced "a carefully designed to block government suggest that the problem is with Gmail." Harold Thibault

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