Merkel’s China Visit Marred by Hacking Allegations – Spiegel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting China amid allegations that Chinese government computers have been responsible for attacks into computers in Merkel’s office. From Spiegel:

0,1020,951865,00German Chancellor Angela Merkel was all smiles after meeting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday, praising relations between the two countries as open and constructive.

But her visit has been marred by a report in SPIEGEL that a large number of computers in the German chancellery as well as the , economy and ministries had been infected with Chinese spy software. Germany’s domestic intelligence service, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, discovered the hacking operation in May, the magazine reported in its new edition, published Monday. [Full text]

See also “Merkel Says China Must Respect Rules After Spy Report” from Bloomberg.

[Image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a on Monday, from DPA via Spiegel Online]

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