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Wikileaks reveals theory behind Chinese Google hack attack

Simon Quicke

The hacking attacks that led Google to quit China and for the security industry to raise serious concerns about nation-state backed activity could have been down to one Chinese politician disliking the material he read about himself on the web.

According to diplomatic cables that have been leaked on Wikileaks the incident in January that led to the search engine giant leaving China could have been linked to a case of vanity.

Along with revelations that Arab states have been urging the US to stop Iran's nuclear programme and that US members of state were told to spy on UN representatives there is also some details on the Chinese hacking affair.

The Guardian states that it was after a senior member of the politburo types his name into the search engine and disliked the results, which criticised him personally, that the hacking attacks were set in motion.

The allegation will reopen the debate about the attack, which resulted in Google moving to Hong Kong.

The leaks will continue to emerge over the next few days but have already caused huge embarrassment to the US government and been criticised for putting the security of America and the UK at risk.

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