Report: Google China Hack Might Be Inside Job

As the topic of Google and China litter the headlines, we continually wonder whether or not the search giant will continue business in the censorship-filled country. But before Google can go any further, it needs to investigate what happened when it had its networks attacked by hackers.

New wire Reuters today published a story that cites its own sources as saying that the hacking of the networks may have been an inside job.

"The sources, who are familiar with the situation, told Reuters that the attack, which targeted people who have access to specific parts of Google networks, may have been facilitated by people working in Google China's office."

Security analysts also told Reuters that the malicious software used in the hack was a trojan called Hydraq.

Perhaps even more interesting from the story is that it notes: "Washington said it was issuing a diplomatic note to China formally requesting an explanation for the attacks."

Just last week, U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, said that the U.S. government will be staying out of any negotiations that Google may have with China following the hacking incident.

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