1. China says Microsoft Corporation’s Outlook hacking allegations “groundless”

China says Microsoft Corporation’s Outlook hacking allegations “groundless”

Allegations that Chinese authorities hacked into Microsoft Corporation's Outlook email service are...

By: | Shanghai | Updated: January 23, 2015 4:29 PM
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Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation, gestures during the session “The Future of the Digital Economy” in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 22, 2015. More than 1,500 business leaders and 40 heads of state or government attend the Jan. 21-24 meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to network and discuss big themes, from the price of oil to the future of the Internet. This year they are meeting in the midst of upheaval, with security forces on heightened alert after attacks in Paris, the European Central Bank considering a radical government bond-buying programme and the safe-haven Swiss franc rocketing. REUTERS

Allegations that Chinese authorities hacked into Microsoft Corporation’s Outlook email service are “groundless slander”, the official Xinhua news agency quoted Beijing’s cyberspace regulator as saying late on Thursday.

The comments, made by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) spokesman Jiang Jun, were in response to a Monday report by an online censorship watchdog which said that Chinese users of the email service were subject to a hacking attack over the weekend.

GreatFire.Org said the CAC was likely responsible for the attack, which it described as a “man-in-the-middle” one, whereby an online connection is hijacked to monitor and sometimes control communications made through that channel.

Xinhua quoted Jiang as saying that the accusation aimed to “incite dissatisfaction and smear China’s cyberspace management system”.

Attacks and blocks on foreign internet services have become increasingly common with China, which operates the world’s most sophisticated online censorship mechanism, known as the Great Firewall, to eliminate any signs of dissent or challenges to the ruling Communist Party.

Last month, Google’s Gmail email service was shut down in China before resuming infrequent and heavily disrupted activity, forcing many Chinese users to adopt domestic email systems.

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