US' Web-hijacking claim is 'ridiculous' (2)

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The draft report alluded to a Google incident from earlier this year, by saying China's history of "malicious computer activities raise questions about whether China might seek intentionally to leverage this ability to assert some level of control over the Internet, even for a brief period."
In January, Google had a falling out with the Chinese government after Google claimed that it had detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on Gmail accounts of some activists in China.

The Internet search engine powerhouse threatened to pull out of China. The standoff over alleged content censorship ended up with Google redirecting its site to Hong Kong.

Hu Yanping, director of the Data Center of China Internet, also told the Global Times Wednesday that the latest accusation is "ridiculous and unreasonable."

"Politicizing the incident is a way to bash China, which it believes poses a security threat," Hu said.

Lü commented that, despite the US' dominant position in the flow of information online, it is still highly concerned about Internet security and is using the data-diversion incident to call attention to the issue and criticize China again.

Liu Linlin and Guo Qiang contributed to this story

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