Dec 21, 12:29 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By IBT Staff Reporter 03/04/10 AT 7:51 AM The hackers behind the attacks on Google Inc and dozens of other companies operating in China stole valuable computer source code by breaking into the personal computers of employees with privileged access, a security firm said on Wednesday.The hackers targeted a small number of employees who controlled source code management systems, which handle the myriad changes that developers make as they write software, said George Kurtz, chief technology officer at anti-virus software maker McAfee Inc.The details from McAfee show how the breach of just a single PC at a large corporation can have widespread repercussions across the broader business.Google said in January that it had detected a cyber attack originating from China on its corporate infrastructure that resulted in the theft of its intellectual property. Google said … [Read more...] about Google China hackers stole source code
Dec 20, 10:53 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Michelle FlorCruz @mflorcruz 01/28/14 AT 12:00 PM In most places, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is a lifeline for many people in search of answers to almost any query. However, for China, they’ve had to manage without the search engine giant since 2010, when the site’s local url, google.cn, was blocked.According to local media sources, it appears that over the weekend, the homepage of the Chinese Google domain was quietly made accessible. However, an update by the South China Morning Post found that on Tuesday morning local time, URL requests for google.cn were automatically rerouted to google.hk, the Hong Kong home page, which was the normal practice after Google and China parted ways in 2010 over a censorship battle. Still, the Post found that the mainland homepage was still accessible on mobile devices.While the loosening grip on Google is seen as a … [Read more...] about Google China Webpage Temporarily Unblocked On Mainland: A Sign Of A Comeback?
Dec 20, 10:53 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By IBT Staff Reporter 01/13/10 AT 11:48 AM Cyber attacks disclosed by Google and Adobe that may lead Google to quit China highlight a sophisticated type of bespoke cyberspying that could be more widespread than previously thought.Google, the world's top search engine, said on Tuesday it might shut down its Chinese site, Google.cn, after an attack on its infrastructure it believed was primarily aimed at accessing the Google mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.Unlike ordinary viruses that are released into cyberspace and quickly spread from computer to computer, the type of attack launched against Google and at least 20 other companies were likely handcrafted uniquely for each targeted organization.Such attacks, most often delivered using Adobe PDF documents sent by e-mail, secretly deposit a software file on a user's hard drive allowing the computer … [Read more...] about Google China spat shines spotlight on cyberspying
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai commented publicly for the first time on the company’s efforts to launch a censored search engine in China. Google has not been available in China for the past decade, and its possible return has caused an outcry among employees and US politicians. Pichai said Google’s mission was to provide the world with information, and that a dedicated search engine could help Chinese citizens access more reliable medical information. The tenor of Pichai’s comments suggests the company is not about to back away from its plans. Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai talked about the company’s controversial search efforts in China for the first time on Monday, acknowledging that the service existed and that internal tests had gone well. According to a Wired report of the Wired 25 conference, Pichai said of the search engine: “It turns out we’ll be able to serve well over 99% of the queries [that people make]. … [Read more...] about Sundar Pichai spoke about Google’s China plans for the first time and it doesn’t look like he’s backing down
Machine learning and neural networks have never been sexier. The top experts in artificial intelligence are speaking before thousands, signing book deals and attracting gobs of money. The sector is moving from tech niche to center stage stardom. Take for example Kai-Fu Lee, the noted investor, former president of Google China and AI researcher. On Friday, at two speaking engagements in San Francisco, Lee basked in the kind of attention typically reserved for rock stars, not technologists. Young men and women in business attire flocked to him. Investors sought introductions. Even school children asked for autographs. Lee is one of AI’s biggest boosters as well as one of its chief critics. Wherever he speaks- from Silicon Valley to Beijing – he draws big crowds and garners much praise. Business Insider tagged along with Lee as he shuttled in a town car between speaking events last week, part of the promotion for his new book, “AI Super Powers, China, Silicon Valley, and … [Read more...] about We spent a day with China’s rock star of AI, whose new book about China’s superiority in machine learning is jolting American tech companies