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Thursday, 02 June 2011 10:24

Chinese hackers broke into Gmail again

Written by Nick Farell

Google moans
Chinese hackers broke into the Gmail accounts of several hundred people, Google said today.

According to AP the attacks were not particularly sophisticated and targeted senior US government officials, military personnel and political activists. An intrusion originating from China in late 2009 sparked a high-profile battle with China's Communist government over online censorship.

Apparently the latest attack used "phishing" scams and other underhanded behaviour but the attacks were stopped by the search engine outfit's security measures. All the victims were notified and their Gmail accounts secured.

Chinese political activists, military personal, journalists and officials in other countries including South Korea were targeted. Google said that the attack came from Jinan in China. That's the home city of a vocational school whose computers were linked to the assault more than a year ago.

The downside of this is that the school trains hairdressers and cooks and is not renowned for its computer department.

Nick Farell

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+10 #1 123s 2011-06-02 10:55
Pretty impressive
+13 #2 Kob 2011-06-02 11:28
The protagonist in "Under Siege" was a cook too...
+16 #3 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-02 14:33
Phishing is not classified as a hacking attack, Nick! It's plain and simple a scam or Con. The said people that got "attacked" were dumb enough to trust the phishing e-mails and they got burned. Sure, Google could have detected the scams earlier but the low IQ of the victims is more at fault here than anything else.
+9 #4 FlOw 2011-06-02 18:24
"Hacking" idiots is always easier then hacking a multi-million dollar security system.

Seriously, all you have to do is ask for the password. ;-)
+1 #5 kartikkg 2011-06-03 08:54
just a question , how did google know which users used those phising sites and gave their login info? and how does it knows that ids belong to military and chinese ppl ?
+2 #6 pogsnet 2011-06-05 03:46

Simple they just target ppl with that particular names, send e-mails, promotional ads, free porns and try to pursuade them to open a link which will auto download spywares or whatever tactics they have in mind.


Maybe I will try to go to that school and study hairdresser perhaps I could be a good hacker someday if not ending as gay.

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