Wikileaks Reveals Chinese Government Hacked Google

google china Wikileaks Reveals Chinese Government Hacked GoogleAmong the trove of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks this weekend was one particularly juicy tech nugget.

The hacker attack which led to Google’s departure from from mainland China was in fact orchestrated by a senior member of the Chinese Politburo, reports The Guardian

Google has insisted all along that China was behind the attacks, which according to earlier reporting from The New York Times, gained access to Gaia, a password system that controls access to almost all of the company’s Web services, including email and business applications.

Based on the new Wikileaks material, The Times reports that the Google hack was, “part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government.”

The Guardian has a very different, more melodramatic version of events. According to them the attack was initiated by, “A senior member of the Politburo who typed his own name into the global version of the search engine and found articles criticising him personally.”

As The Financial Time‘s beyondbrics blog points out, the story varies quite a bit depending on which paper you’re reading, and since the original cables have not been released, it’s impossible to know for sure.

If only it were possible to break into the Gmail accounts of these reporters…

bpoppper@observer.com