Chinese Media Counter-attacks Google Report of Hacked Gmail

China’s government has increased the negative suppositions and rhetoric on Google’s perceived political ambitions Monday.  This was in response to the recent report that placed China as the primary culprit in a spring of phishing scams that infiltrated Gmail accounts of political activists and high-ranking government officials.  The criticism by the Chinese Government, quite frankly, is annoying.  Words are cheap.  It is indisputable that certain derisive actions were implemented originating from Jinan, China.

However, the negative response to the report is expected.  The Communist Government’s track record of denying and projecting distrust is substantial.  In the People’s Daily, a newspaper published by the Communist Party of China, they reported on the front page that Google had “slandered” the country.  They proclaimed that the phishing scams were not a product of their government, denying and making their protest a matter a social relevancy.  In my view, it is an attempt at propaganda.

Google in some respects nixes propaganda–for this reason, censoring had been increasingly difficult for the Community Party of China.  Ultimately, Google moved their servers and maintained that they are not a service that censors individual speech and political opinion.  That was in response to a previous, yet similar, attack that targeted political activists.  The attack that China is denying today has all the characteristics of being a government tactic, though this is merely my own speculation.

The editorial in the People’s Daily suggested that the attack sought to create a rift between the United States and China.  They suggested that Google always aims to discredit China and that through those accusations, they have made themselves a “political tool”.

Taking the high ground, Google ignored the editorial and stood by their assessment.  Google will maintain their natural course of business, which first and foremost requires the safety of their users and the reporting of attacks aimed to harm them.  This is a process that does not single out any one person or party.  Any culprit is culpable.

The editorial released by the Communist Party of China has a tinge of hypocrisy.  By suggesting that Google is a political tool aimed to disrupt the relationship between the U.S. and China, they themselves harm that relationship by denigrating an American company and suggesting they had ulterior political motives.  Google reporting on an attack and protecting its users is hardly a political attack.  It is possible to find similar reports about attacks on Google on any search engine.  The actions of those responsible made it political, the people they targeted, the groups they hoped to monitor–that is what made it political.  Certainly not Google’s response to such actions.       



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