Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chinese Hackers Gain Access To Goggle's Database With Massive Files On U.S. Intelligence Targets

A Chinese national flag waves in front of the former headquarters of Google China in Beijing June 2, 2011. Suspected Chinese hackers tried to steal the passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including those of senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists, the Internet company said. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese Hackers Who Breached Google Gained Access To Sensitive Data, U.S. Officials Say -- Washington Post

Chinese hackers who breached Google’s servers several years ago gained access to a sensitive database with years’ worth of information about U.S. surveillance targets, according to current and former government officials.

The breach appears to have been aimed at unearthing the identities of Chinese intelligence operatives in the United States who may have been under surveillance by American law enforcement agencies.

It’s unclear how much the hackers were able to discover. But former U.S. officials familiar with the breach said the Chinese stood to gain valuable intelligence. The database included information about court orders authorizing surveillance — orders that could have signaled active espionage investigations into Chinese agents who maintained e-mail accounts through Google’s Gmail service.

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My Comment: More evidence on high close Google and the U.S. intelligence community work together.

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