Beijing – After Google revealed yesterday that it had discovered hundreds of Gmail accounts belonging to senior government officials, journalists, activists and others had been hacked, and implicated China in the matter, the FBI has stepped in to investigate.

“Speaking on behalf of the U.S. government, we’re looking into these reports and seeking to gather the facts,” Caitlin Hayden, deputy spokesperson for the National Security Agency, told CNET. “We have no reason to believe that any official U.S. government e-mail accounts were accessed.”

Google said in a blog post that, “the goal of this effort seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users’ e-mails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to change peoples’ forwarding and delegation settings.”

In a statement, China denied involvement with the incident.

“Allegations that the Chinese government supports hacking activities are completely unfounded and made with ulterior motives,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told AP.


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