January 13th, 2010
Google's internal spy system was Chinese hacker target
Posted by Tom Foremski @ 6:33 pm
Computerworld has a very interesting story
about the Google/China flap.
Reporter Robert McMillan quotes an unnamed source:
…they [hackers] apparently were able to access a system used to help Google comply with search warrants by providing data on Google users, said a source familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the press. “Right before Christmas, it was, ‘Holy s***, this malware is accessing the internal intercept [systems],’” he said.
Google was already hosting a spy system that provided the Chinese government, and any other government with user data. They merely had to request that data through a warrant. That internal spy system became the weak spot in Google’s security technology.