Tech Roundup: Google attacked by China, documents suggest

WikiLeaks information suggests China hacked Google

The massive hacking Google faced in China, first revealed in January, may have been an attack by Chinese government operatives, according to information revealed by WikiLeaks.

Among the more than 200,000 documents released by WikiLeaks, one suggests a connection between the Chinese government and the Google hacking, which led the company to threaten to pull its operations from the country . 

The New York Times, in its coverage of the WikiLeaks documents, reports that China’s Politburo may have directed the hacking. A Chinese contact who spoke with the American Embassy said as much in Beijing in January, one cable reveals.

"The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government," the Times reports.

"They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said." http://nyti.ms/g5Vu0p

Read more about Wikileaks:

White House condemns WikiLeaks dump as first nuggets surface (The Hill, http://bit.ly/fTvnf1)

Senators call for prosecutions (The Hill, http://bit.ly/eyAAXU)

WikiLeaks says was denial-of-service attack victim (CBS News, http://bit.ly/g23IG4)

Cyber Monday deals came early this year

"Online retailers could see their best Thanksgiving weekend ever this year, as deep online discounts, once reserved for Cyber Monday, were offered more broadly throughout the weekend," Reuters reports.

"It remains a prime shopping day online, but its novelty has been wearing thin due to promotions offered by online retailers earlier in the season, including on Thanksgiving Day.

" 'We've actually never seen a Thanksgiving Day this robust before online, said Fiona Dias, EVP of strategy and marketing for GSI Commerce, which operates more than 100 online stores for retailers including Toys R Us, Aeropostale Inc and Polo Ralph Lauren Corp."

Meanwhile, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is pleased with how the holiday weekend went, noting that electronics followed clothing as the most popular category of purchases this year. http://bit.ly/elWrYF

Sprint launches 4G service in Washington, D.C., on Monday. It is now available in Los Angeles, Miami, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbia, Ohio, and is coming to San Francisco Dec. 28. The company expects to cover 120 million people with Sprint 4G by the end of the year. The press release: http://bit.ly/glQy3e

President Bush goes to Facebook. President Geroge W. Bush is headed to Facebook, spokesman Andrew Noyes said on Sunday. "Bush will visit Facebook at 2 p.m. PT where he'll speak to employees about his new book, Decision Points. Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and General Counsel Ted Ullyot (who served in the Bush White House) will lead the discussion and Q&A, which will be livestreamed on Facebook Live, our official live video streaming channel."

Net neutrality outlook: It should become clearer this week whether Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to hold a vote on "open Internet" regulations at the December commission meeting. His office is expected to continue talking with stakeholders this week as the chairman gauges whether he can gin up industry and public interest support for a potential net-neutrality proposal. According to agency protocol, the chairman is expected to circulate the agenda items for the December meeting on Tuesday, which should elucidate whether a net-neutrality vote is coming in December. Genachowski's office reportedly tried to buy an extra day on that, e-mailing commissioners offices last week to see if it would be okay to circulate orders on Wednesday, rather than Tuesday, according to Communications Daily, which cited agency officials. That could give the chairman an extra day to talk to stakeholders and commissioners' offices about his potential net neutrality plan.
 
On Tap this week:

MONDAY: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will release a report on "Accelerating the Pace of Change in Energy Technologies through an Integrated Federal Energy policy."

TUESDAY: FCC monthly meeting; Brookings Institution discussion: "The Future of E-rulemaking: Promoting Public Participation and Efficiency." Participants include Cass Sunstein of the Office of Management and Budget, and Darrell West of Brookings.

WEDNESDAY: Center for American Progress discussion: "The Need for U.S. Competitiveness Strategy." Participants include House Science Chairman Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) and Brad Smith, general counsel for Microsoft.

THURSDAY:
House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee hearing: " 'Do-Not-Track' Legislation: Is Now the Right Time?"

Industry notes


DHS seized domain names.
The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department appears to be shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days, according to TorrentFreak, and appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods such as fake designer handbags. http://bit.ly/eNExyv

Despite seat at table, AT&T outed delicate net-neutrality talks. Seeking to weaken potential regulations, AT&T is actively working to complicate the FCC's renewed effort to broker a compromise on net neutrality. Industry and Hill sources said that an AT&T official made public last week that the agency has quietly undertaken a new round of negotiation. http://bit.ly/eTtKiB

GOP wants greater oversight of telework bill.
"Republicans have promised to strengthen the oversight provisions in the telework bill that passed the House last Thursday and is now headed to President Obama's desk for a signature." http://bit.ly/gVnZnS