Msg#: 4238853 posted 7:35 am on Dec 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
Apparently you can't be critical of Chinese leaders... [news.yahoo.com...]
Sources told American diplomats that hacking attacks against Google were ordered by China's top ruling body and a senior leader demanded action after finding search results critical of him, leaked U.S. government cables show.
This is the kind of government level cloak and dagger stuff that makes paranoid people paranoid and makes good Hollywood celluloid.
Hard to imagine this level of espionage in the post cold-war era but when foreign governments actively launch major cyber attacks against US corporations just because they don't like being criticized, it's technically waging cyber war against Google, a US-based company.
Msg#: 4238853 posted 5:16 pm on Dec 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've said it before and I'll repeat it now ~ ANY company that has accumulated the level of data about individuals that Google now has is a national security asset and as such is going to be a target not only of foreign powers, but will be of great interest to our domestic agencies as well. And thus, it will not surprise me one bit if at some point a "WikiLeaks" kind of disclosure reveals that Google is working secretly with officials within this country, to share data that these officials consider valuable to the national security. If you consider it in those terms, the notion that the Chinese are going after Google because of "criticisms" could be just a cover story ~ they may be digging deep because "there's gold in them ther hills".
Msg#: 4238853 posted 10:20 pm on Dec 5, 2010 (gmt 0)
This is nothing but Digital McCarthyism. Were it not for the threat it poses to the free Internet, it would even appear amusing. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama was ‘troubled' by the cyber attacks on Google, which were said to originate in China, and wanted those responsible to face the consequences. The more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes, he had said during an earlier visit to China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was also strongly critical of Internet restrictions in China. Now the boot is on the other foot. Concern for free speech is nowhere in evidence as extra-legal methods are deployed to deny Americans their First Amendment rights.