US weighs security after 'serious' Google allegation

By REUTERS
June 3, 2011 04:48

 
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WASHINGTON - Washington scrambled on Thursday to assess whether security had been compromised after Google Inc revealed a major hacker attack targeting US officials that the Internet giant pegged to China.

"These allegations are very serious," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

"We take them seriously; we're looking into them," Clinton told reporters a day after the Internet giant said it had disrupted a campaign aimed at stealing passwords of hundreds of Google email account holders, including senior US government officials, Chinese activists and journalists.

Google's announcement fuels debate in Washington over China's intentions in cyberspace, which the United States has identified as a potential flashpoint for future conflict.

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