Google Discloses China-Based ‘Hijacking’ of Gmail Accounts

Amir Efrati, reporting for the WSJ:

Google Inc. said it uncovered a computer attack from China targeting prominent users of its Gmail service, potentially further complicating relations between the Internet giant and the country with the highest number of Internet users.

Google said hundreds of Gmail users, including U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists, were tricked into sharing their passwords with “bad actors” based in China. The attackers were able to read and forward the victims’ email.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011