We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concerns and questions. We look to the Chinese government for an explanation. The ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy. I will be giving an address next week on the centrality of internet freedom in the 21st century, and we will have further comment on this matter as the facts become clear.
Call me naive but I always figured "cyberwar" was a lot of hype. I'd been sitting on this post because I wanted to dig up a crazy discussion I'd come across where an IT guy at a human rights organization in Washington DC described an amazing series of attacks that seem to be connected to this, featuring pixel-perfect phishing emails and toxic PDFs attached to emails with spoofed senders, timed to coincide with expected communications. Really intense. But I can't find it.
Note: this is bigger than Google:
At least 34 companies -- including Yahoo, Symantec, Adobe, Northrop Grumman and Dow Chemical -- were attacked, according to congressional and industry sources. Security experts say the attacks showed a new level of sophistication.