Eric Schmidt, Google's Executive Chairman, has criticised China calling it the world's 'most sophisticated' hacker of foreign companies. The Google boss made these remarks in an upcoming book he co-authored with Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen called 'The New Digital Age', which the Wall Street Journal has managed to get hold of.
The New Digital Age, which is due for publication this coming April, is a look at trends that will shape the future both socially and technologically. In doing so, it describes China as "the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information". The book also intimates that the Chinese state backs cyber attacks that allow it to make political and economic gains.
"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," The Wall Street Journal quotes the book as saying. “The United States 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."
Google and the Chinese authorities have clashed on numerous occasions. Last year, Beijing blocked Google's service after Google claimed Chinese authorities were responsible for hacking Gmail accounts.