– The Chinese government has strongly denied any involvement in the recent
cyber attacks on Google’s (NASD: GOOG) Gmail servers that targeted the accounts of Chinese
human rights activists, the Associated Press reported. "Any accusation
that the Chinese government participated in cyberattacks, either in an explicit
or indirect way, is groundless and aims to discredit China," a Foreign Ministry spokesman
told the official Xinhua News Agency.
Last week, evidence was uncovered that
the attacks on Google were committed using Chinese software, although no direct
link has yet been made to the Chinese government.
The event led Google to
consider exiting China
entirely, and end the censorship of its search results in the country demanded by the
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also last week made
an official rebuke of Internet censorship that seemingly escalated
tensions between the two countries.
Meanwhile, five websites operated by
Chinese human rights activists suffered attacks over the weekend that made them
inaccessible to users, IDG News Service reported.
The sites targeted by the denial-of-service attacks included
those of advocacy group Chinese Human Rights Defenders; a group called Civil
Rights and Livelihood Watch; and two news sites operated by Chinese human
(IDG News Service)
(DMW previous coverage)