Report: China hackers stole key Google program

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 12:05 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that computer hackers stole a program that controlled access to most of Google's services when they attacked the Internet company late last year.

The report posted late Monday on the Times' Web site provided more details about an intrusion that provoked a politically charged showdown between Google and China's government over Internet censorship and computer security.

The Times story cited an unnamed person with direct knowledge of the investigation into the break-in that Google has traced to China.

Google declined to comment specifically on the Times' story. A spokeswoman reiterated Google's previous assertions that the attacks on the company didn't obtain any personal information from its user's e-mail accounts.

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