The Politburo did it

Unless you've been hiding in a cave, you'll know the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks released a bunch of US diplomatic memos today. Amidst the misbehaving royals and warmongering Saudis lurks an interesting bit of tech detail!

Remember Google's dramatic departure from China earlier this year, after years of gritted-teeth censored operations in the country? At the time, Google said they were quitting in response to a hacking attack against the Gmail accounts of some human rights activists. Well, everyone always suspected that the attack was organised by the Chinese government, but no-one knew for sure. Well, now we do.

The leaks confirm that the attack was co-ordinated by a member of China's central Politburo, as part of 'a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government,'the New York Times reports. Apparently they've been at it since 2002; it was only when they attacked Google mail that someone spoke out a bit.

A tech mystery solved! Perhaps the next WikiLeaks document dump will tell us the secrets of how VHS beat Betamax.

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