Vulnerabilities / Threats
04:30 PM
Connect Directly

China Denies Attacking Google

Officials in China call claims that the government had a role in the cyber attack on Google and other companies "groundless."

China's government on Monday denied involvement with the cyber attack reported by Google earlier this month and defended its regulation of the Internet.

In an interview with the state-run news organization Xinhua on Sunday, an unidentified spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that "[The] accusation that the Chinese government participated in cyber attack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and aims to denigrate China."

While Google has not accused the Chinese government of direct involvement in the cyber attacks that affected it and some 33 other companies, its decision to stop cooperating with Chinese censorship rules has been widely seen as a stand against the challenging business environment faced by foreign companies in China.

Some security researchers have been less diplomatic, claiming that the attacks show signs of the involvement of Chinese state entities.

China meanwhile insists that it is the biggest victim of hacking attacks.

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at length on the importance of Internet freedom and noted that last year, China, Tunisia, and Uzbekistan "stepped up their censorship of the Internet."

She asked U.S. businesses to support the U.S. government's effort to oppose censorship. "[W]e are urging U.S. media companies to take a proactive role in challenging foreign governments' demands for censorship and surveillance," she said. "The private sector has a shared responsibility to help safeguard free expression. And when their business dealings threaten to undermine this freedom, they need to consider what's right, not simply what's a quick profit."

Getting businesses to put principles above profit may prove difficult. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has criticized Google's threat to leave China as an irrational business decision. He has referred to the situation as the "Google problem" rather than a challenge faced by any foreign business trying to operate in China.

According to Reuters, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates apparently shares that view, stating in an interview on Good Morning America that "The Chinese efforts to censor the Internet have been very limited."

In a statement on an official Chinese government Web site, a government spokesperson said, "China is willing to cooperate and exchange opinions on issues about Internet development and management with other countries, but opposes firmly to any defiance of Chinese laws, or intervening Chinese domestic affairs under the pretense of 'Internet management' regardless of the truth."

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
E-Commerce Security: What Every Enterprise Needs to Know
The mainstream use of EMV smartcards in the US has experts predicting an increase in online fraud. Organizations will need to look at new tools and processes for building better breach detection and response capabilities.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

Dark Reading Radio