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EDITORIAL: Google sounds alarm on cyberattacks: Highly sophisticated Chinese hackers threaten West's security.

January 28, 2010

By New Haven Register, Conn.
American Chronicle
January 25, 2010

China offers Western countries and businesses a
deal with the devil -- play by our rules or face
the consequences of crossing the world's most
populous country and biggest consumer market. The
consequences, large and small, have been
embarrassing. President Barack Obama refused to
see the Dalai Lama, when the exiled Tibetan
leader was in Washington, for fear of offending
China. In a remarkably craven act, Yahoo breached
the privacy of its users and turned over email
account information to Chinese police that
resulted in four human rights activists being sentenced to long prison terms.

Google, whose motto is "Do No Evil," entered the
Chinese market in 2006. It agreed to Beijing's
demand that it block searches on human rights
subjects and topics like Tibet and the Tiananmen
Square massacre. China even wanted the censorship
extended to Google's U.S. search engine.

China has gone beyond censorship to hacking into
Google Gmail accounts, not only in China, but in the United States.

In addition to hacking individuals' e-mail
accounts, highly sophisticated cyberattacks were
launched earlier this month from China against 34
high-tech companies, including Google and Adobe.

In making the attacks public, Google has said that it may leave China.

More importantly, Google's disclosure of the
attacks may force the Obama administration to
respond more forcefully to the cyberattacks from
China that have been staged against governments, businesses and institutions.

The cyberattacks are not new. In 2006, hackers
broke into computers at the Defense Department
and Naval War College. In 2007, Chinese hackers
entered government computer systems in Britain,
France and Germany as well those at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In March, 2009, researchers said that an attack
originating in China had allowed hackers access
to nearly 1,300 computer systems in 103
countries. The threat to national security is
tremendous. For starters, the hacked information
could allow a hostile country to shut down the
nation's electrical grid and telecommunications.

Google is doing more than trying to live up to
its own corporate commitment to the free flow of
information and user privacy by shaking off
Chinese censorship. It has sounded a national alarm that must be heeded.
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