Chinese Human Rights Activists Claim their Google Emails Were Hacked

From the Telegraph:

AiWeiWeiThe activists, who include one of China’s foremost artists and a Tibetan student in the United States, came forward after Google announced it had suffered a “highly sophisticated” cyber attack in December, whose goal was to gain access to its email service, Gmail… Ai Weiwei, who is best known in the West for having helped design the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, said that two of his Google email accounts had been hacked by “unknown visitors” who read and copied his emails.

Mr Ai, who is also a vociferous activist, said he had no proof that the Chinese government had been behind the hacking attempt.

Teng Biao, a law professor at the University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and a human rights lawyer, said his emails had been hacked into in 2007. “Many of my friends told me they received entrapment emails from the email address I was using at the time:,” he wrote on his blog… Zeng Jinyan, an activist and the wife of Hu Jia, a jailed dissident, also said that her email had been hacked. Tenzin Seldon, a 20-year-old student in the US whose parents are Tibetan exiles said that Google had called her in to check her computer and confirmed it had been hacked.


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