Google: China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'

Former Google CEO and current executive chairman Eric Schmidt has stressed that China is the world's "most sophisticated and prolific hacker."

Schmidt spoke harshly about China in his forthcoming book, the New Digital Age. According to extracts from the book, he describes the region as the world’s "most sophisticated and prolific hacker" of foreign companies. He also branded it "the world’s most enthusiastic filterer of information."

"The disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the United States at a distinct disadvantage," Schmidt wrote. He argued that "the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play. This is a difference in values as much as a legal one."

Schmidt, who urged North Korea for an open web, has a past of criticizing China’s government during interviews and events. Google has battled the region's authorities for years due to issues pertaining to censorship, in addition to the hacking of Chinese Gmail user accounts.

The revelation of his comments follow both The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal being compromised by Chinese hackers. Although China’s foreign ministry denied the accusations, the latter publication in particular said the hack was based on Chinese agents attempting to monitor its coverage of the country.

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  • ikyung
    A Bad DayUS: "We have a warrant."China: "Nu uh! It was simply a bunch of script kiddies! We didn't steal anything!"

    More like

    US: We have a warrant.

    China : Okay? And?
  • bison88
    China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'

    I bet the Russians beg to differ.
  • A Bad Day
    sixdegreeWhy don't USA hack them back? It's not like we have a shortage of skilled hackers.

    Because there's nothing to steal.
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  • A Bad Day
    And not a single **** was given by China, nor is the US Congress is going to do much other than filibustering itself to stalemate.
  • bison88
    China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'

    I bet the Russians beg to differ.
  • A Bad Day
    bison88China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'I bet the Russians beg to differ.

    Some Chinese hackers are hired by their government. Let's see if a Russian mob can match that.