China: Blaming Us for Google Hack 'Unacceptable'

Beijing rejects notion it was involved in phishing campaign
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2011 7:29 AM CDT
In a Monday March 22, 2010, file photo men walk past the Google China headquarters in Beijing, China   (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan/file)

(Newser) – China has rejected the notion that it was involved in a phishing campaign that hacked into the Gmail accounts of US government officials and Chinese activists, the BBC and the Telegraph report today. Google yesterday claimed the campaign originated in Jinan, although it did not directly blame the Chinese government. Even so, a foreign ministry spokesperson says that "blaming these misdeeds on China is unacceptable," adding that "the claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives."

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