‘U.S. Enables Chinese Hacking of Google’

Bruce Schneier, in 2010, for CNN:

In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access.

This was written before we knew about 90% of the NSA dragnet, Yet here is Google’s statement, from CEO Larry Page, on PRISM (circa 6/2013):

First, we have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers. Indeed, the U.S. government does not have direct access or a “back door” to the information stored in our data centers. We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.

Perhaps Page needs to clarify that just the Chinese have direct access to that backdoor?1

(via The Brief)

  1. By the way, why are you still using Gmail? 

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Bruce Schneier, in 2010, for CNN: In order to comply with government search warrants on user data, Google created a backdoor access system into Gmail accounts. This feature is what the Chinese hackers exploited to gain access. This was written before we knew about 90% of the NSA dragnet, Yet here is Google’s statement, from […]