Google CEO Calls China 'Cyber Threat' In New Book
There are plenty of "cyber threats" out there – pirates, hackers, script kiddies – but Google CEO Eric Schmidt thinks that China is one that's too big to ignore.
The CEO of Google's new book, "The New Digital Age," calls out the country on various business practices, with three specific points.
In the book, Schmidt explains that the foreign country is the "world's most active and enthusiastic filterer of information," as well as host to "the most sophisticated and prolific" hackers of foreign firms. He furthermore calls China "the most dangerous superpower on Earth," summing it up as an "online menace."
In the book, co-written by director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen, Schmidt explains that China's hacking practices could leave certain U.S.-based businesses at a disadvantage, feeling that they won't take "the same path of digital corporate espionage" to retaliate.
In the past week, several important news sites, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times have admitted to being hacked and placed the blame on China.
Google and China have been in battle before, with the company pulling out of its base operations in 2010 after disagreements with the government. Google has also accused China of hacking Gmail accounts. Google services are currently banned within the country.
"The New Digital Age" will debut on April 23rd.