Eric Schmidt
February 3, 2013

Google’s Schmidt Calls China World’s Most ‘Sophisticated and Prolific’ Hackers

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

A forthcoming new book penned by Google´s Eric Schmidt has called China “the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign companies, according to a variety of media reports published late last week.

Furthermore, in the forthcoming book, the Mountain View, California-based company´s executive chairman calls the Asian nation “the world´s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information,” according to excerpts of his upcoming book The New Digital Age obtained and published Friday by the Wall Street Journal.

The book, which was co-written by 31-year-old former State Department advisor and current Google Ideas head Jared Cohen, is scheduled to be released by Random House in April.

“The disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the United States at a distinct disadvantage,” Schmidt and Cohen wrote, according to Dominic Rushe of The Guardian.

The reason for that, they argue, is that the US “will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play. This is a difference in values as much as a legal one.”

According to BBC News, the book also asserts that Western governments could “do more to follow China's lead and develop stronger relationships between the state and technology companies,” and Garry White of The Telegraph added that Schmidt also said that the US has not always been completely innocent in hacking-related matters, citing the country´s role in the creation of the Stuxnet virus that was designed to attack Iranian nuclear facilities back in 2010.

The duo had previously collaborated on an essay entitled “The Digital Disruption,” which predicted that governments would be caught sleeping when citizens used cell phone technology to launch a series of protests or small-scale rebellions. That essay was published just one month before such events started occurring in Arab nations, and two months before the start of the Egyptian revolution, the Wall Street Journal said.

“China was widely believed to be the source of major cyber attacks between 2006 and 2011 targeting 72 organizations including the International Olympic Committee, the UN and security firms,” the BBC reported on Saturday. The British news agency added that Beijing officials have denied involvement in such attacks, which also targeted NASA, Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin, South Korea, and the Pentagon.