Google reveals Gmail hacking, likely from China | Reuters

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The unknown perpetrators, who appeared to originate from the city of Jinan in Shandong province, recently tried to crack and monitor email accounts by stealing passwords, but Google detected and “disrupted” their campaign, the world’s largest Web search company said on its official blog.

The revelation comes more than a year after Google disclosed a cyberattack on its systems that it said it traced to China, and could further strain an already tense relationship between the Web giant and Beijing. Google eventually all but pulled out of the world’s largest Internet market by users.

“We recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing,” Google said in a post on its corporate blog, referring to the practice where computer users are tricked into giving up sensitive information.

“The goal of this effort seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users’ emails.”

It “affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users, including among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries (predominantly South Korea), military personnel and journalists.”

Google did not say the Chinese government was behind the attacks or say what might have motivated the intrusions.
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