Google has revealed that it has discovered a new online attack originating from China that tried to steal passwords from hundreds of Gmail users including many high-profile US government officials, as well as prominent Chinese journalists and activists.
According to Google officials, the source of the attack was traced back to Jinan, a strategically important city in China’s eastern Shandong province, which is home to one of the technical reconnaissance bureaus of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army).
Jinan is also the home to the Lanxiang Vocational School, which was linked by US investigators last year to a similar attack on Google and 20 other US based firms.
It has been reported that FBI is currently working with Google, while US government officials said they are investigating the search giant’s claims.
“Google detected and has disrupted this campaign to take users’ passwords and monitor their emails. We have notified victims and secured their accounts. In addition, we have notified relevant government authorities,” Google stated in its official blog.
This is not the first time that Chinese hackers have attacked foreign companies and governments. There has been a great deal of speculation that the Chinese military has been assisting hackers to make these attacks.