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

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This comes after The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal had been compromised by Chinese hackers.

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 , February 6, 2013 3:25 AM
    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?
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    bison88 , February 6, 2013 2:01 AM
    China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'


    I bet the Russians beg to differ.
  • 10 Hide
    A Bad Day , February 6, 2013 3:45 AM
    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 , February 6, 2013 1:59 AM
    And not a single **** was given by China, nor is the US Congress is going to do much other than filibustering itself to stalemate.
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    bison88 , February 6, 2013 2:01 AM
    China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'


    I bet the Russians beg to differ.
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    A Bad Day , February 6, 2013 2:05 AM
    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.
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    nieur , February 6, 2013 2:28 AM
    US government enjoys the fact that they can obtain any information by just sending an letter. China does the same thing by hacking into their computers.
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    A Bad Day , February 6, 2013 2:34 AM
    nieurUS government enjoys the fact that they can obtain any information by just sending an letter. China does the same thing by hacking into their computers.


    US: "We have a warrant."

    China: "Nu uh! It was simply a bunch of script kiddies! We didn't steal anything!"
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    ikyung , February 6, 2013 3:25 AM
    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?
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    sixdegree , February 6, 2013 3:37 AM
    Why don't USA hack them back? It's not like we have a shortage of skilled hackers.
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    A Bad Day , February 6, 2013 3:45 AM
    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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    techinator9000 , February 6, 2013 3:58 AM
    In other news, water runs downhill and apples fall down.

    Whatya mean nothing to steal? We gotta steal intel on what they stole from us. XD
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    digiex , February 6, 2013 4:36 AM
    Pirates are just drops of water in the vast ocean of digital information, Chinese hackers are storm they create much damage, but corporate media giants and Governments are more busy containing these insignificant drops of water.
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    fuzzion , February 6, 2013 4:43 AM
    As stated countless of times, the next world war will be an all out cyber and drone war
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    xkm1948 , February 6, 2013 4:54 AM
    F*ck China. Communism is pure evil.
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    freggo , February 6, 2013 5:48 AM
    sixdegreeWhy don't USA hack them back? It's not like we have a shortage of skilled hackers.


    Ever walked thru Silicon Valley during lunchtime ?
    Not many good ol' american faces there !

    Our schools are too busy preparing the next generation of NFL and NBA material instead of engineers.
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    The_Trutherizer , February 6, 2013 5:55 AM
    I don't understand how they can think it will lead anywhere good. This is symptomatic of a scenario where you have narrow minded leaders with too much power and who are more interested in their own immediate benefit than the prosperity of their country. They should go look at the most peaceful progressive countries in the world and see how prosperity is being built from the bottom up. That's a good model. Not these childish schoolyard tactics.
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    hwdd6873 , February 6, 2013 6:16 AM
    why do you think they from China? based on what? IP Address ? the IP will always be prentended
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    The_Trutherizer , February 6, 2013 6:39 AM
    Is it disdain for the rest of the world that I am sensing from China?
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    The_Trutherizer , February 6, 2013 6:39 AM
    Actions speak louder than words...
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    LEXX911 , February 6, 2013 6:45 AM
    Jew Mad?
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    vaughn2k , February 6, 2013 8:03 AM
    Google: China is World's 'Most Sophisticated, Prolific Hacker'
    And yet China made tablets and phones have the biggest share of use of Android software.
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    virtualban , February 6, 2013 8:27 AM
    techinator9000In other news, water runs downhill and apples fall down.Whatya mean nothing to steal? We gotta steal intel on what they stole from us. XD

    Cheers for predicting the demise of apples!
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