Probes hacks gmail

Gmail, About to be Hacked by US Probes

Probes hacks gmailInvention of Google Inc. of an effort to take passwords from Gmail users, which might have derived in China, is being reviewed by the State Department and FBI.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was informed and is checking the accusations.  It is working with Google to evaluate the issue, FBI said.  The attacks perhaps aimed hundreds of Gmail users, counting US government officials.

Clinton said, “These allegations are very serious.  We take them very seriously.’’

The effort came to have been based in Jinan, China, Google said.

There is no proof government e-mail accounts were compromised, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Hong Lei, Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, blaming China is “unacceptable.”  He said, the Chinese government condemned of hackers and punishes them.

Hong said, some recommendations that the Chinese government is after the hackings at Google are “a fabrication” and have “an ulterior motive.”

Google said, in January 2010 it was aimed by sophisticated assaults from inside China targeted at acquiring proprietary data, and personal data belonging to human-rights activists who utilize Gmail. The company later on chose to escape censorship of China by pointing users to its Hong Kong service. The company blamed the Chinese government of blocking Gmail.

Eric Grosse, engineering director on the Google Security Team said in a blog post that the hackers in the most current case perhaps utilized a so-called phishing scam to gather passwords with the objective of checking e-mail content.  It distinguished and disturbed the campaign, protected users’ accounts and informed authorities.

Grosse said on the blog, “We believe that being open about these security issues helps users better protect their information online.’’

Grosse said that the internal systems of Google were not affected, and the efforts did not involve a security trouble with Gmail.

Christopher McNally, a fellow and political economist at the East-West Center in Honolulu said, “A lot of this goes on internationally. In most situations, it’s certain rogue organizations or even individuals that are doing it for profit.”

Grosse said, users must defend themselves by accepting such safeguards as multistep confirmations for their accounts and tough passwords.

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