FBI Launches Probe into Gmail Hack; China Denies Involvement

The FBI has launched an investigation into the claim that Chinese hackers breached hundreds of Gmail accounts via a phishing campaign, including those of senior government officials, according to media reports.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was notified Wednesday about the compromise and is looking into the allegations, which Clinton called “very serious,” Bloomberg reported.

Google said on its official blog yesterday the hackers appeared to be based in Jinan, China. But pointing the finger at China is “unacceptable,’’ Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said according to Bloomberg, and the Chinese government disapproves of hackers and punishes them.

“Hacking is an international problem and China is also a victim. The claims of so-called support for hacking are completely unfounded and have ulterior motives,” he said, according to Reuters.

This is not the first time Google suffers an alleged hack stemming from China: Last year, the company announced it and others such as government contractors, technology firms and federal agencies had been targeted by a coordinated attack, seemingly originating from China.

 

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