China accuses US of online warfare in Iran

Posted in: Censorship at 25/01/2010 22:16

The United States used "online warfare" to stir up unrest in Iran after last year's elections, the Chinese Communist party newspaper claimed today, hitting back at Hillary Clinton's speech last week about internet freedom.

An editorial in the People's Daily accused the US of launching a "hacker brigade" and said it had used social media such as Twitter to spread rumours and create trouble.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/24/china-us-iran-online-warfare

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China Ups the Ante in Internet Row With U.S.
China stepped up its verbal feud with the U.S. over the Internet, with a commentator in the Communist Party's main newspaper saying America is seeking to control the Internet and alleging that the U.S. used the Web to incite election protests in Iran last year.

"I'm afraid that in the eyes of American politicians, only when information is controlled by the U.S. does it count as free information," said the article in the People's Daily newspaper Sunday.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704375604575023953019948336.html

China steps up defense of Internet controls [Reuters]
China widened its attack against U.S. criticisms of Internet censorship on Monday, raising the stakes in a dispute that has put Google in the middle of a political quarrel between the two global powers.

China has stepped up its defense of curbs on the Internet nearly two weeks after the world's biggest search engine provider, Google Inc., said it wanted to stop censoring its Chinese Google.cn website and was alarmed by online hacking attacks from within China.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE60O0XG20100125
http://in.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idINIndia-45642020100125
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/24/AR2010012403023.html

U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google
Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering. The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated -- we knew that already -- it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.

In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.
http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/01/23/schneier.google.hacking/index.html

China says Internet controls here to stay
China has every right to punish citizens using the Internet to challenge Communist Party power and ethnic policies, a senior official said Monday, pressing Beijing's counter-offensive against Google Inc.

The defence of China's curbs on the Internet came nearly two weeks after the world's biggest search engine provider said it wanted to stop censoring its Chinese Google.cn website and was alarmed by online hacking attacks from within China.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE60L5OS20100125

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