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Google: Gmail hacking likely from China

LOS ANGELESGoogle Inc. revealed Wednesday that unknown hackers likely originating from central China tried to hack into the Gmail accounts of hundreds of users, including senior U.S. government officials, Chinese activists and journalists.

The world’s largest Internet company said on its official blog that the hackers, who appeared to originate from Jinan, China, recently tried to crack and monitor email accounts by stealing passwords but Google detected and “disrupted” the campaign.

It notified the victims and relevant governments, Google added in its blog post.

Google shares slipped, finishing 0.7 percent lower at $525.60.

“We recently uncovered a campaign to collect user passwords, likely through phishing,” Google said on its official blog.

“This campaign, which appears to originate from Jinan, China, affected what seem to be the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users, including, among others, senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, officials in several Asian countries [predominantly South Korea], military personnel and journalists.”

The U.S. has warned that a cyber-attack — presumably if it is devastating enough — could result in real-world military retaliation, although analysts say it could be difficult to detect the attack’s origin with full accuracy.

TECHNOLOGY

Twitter launches photo, video search service

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — The microblogging service Twitter launched a photo and video search service on Wednesday that lets users own the rights to the photos they post, makes search results more personalized and makes the results of more authoritative tweeters prominent.

Chief Executive Dick Costolo unveiled the service at the D: All Things Digital conference. He said the service will be rolled out to all Twitter users in the next couple of weeks.

Mr. Costolo said the service will eliminate some friction that users face when trying to post images. It also will allow links to videos to be posted, but users cannot upload videos.

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