Google said this week that hackers had launched a phishing attack against users of it Gmail e-mail service in an attempt to fool people into giving up their passwords. The search engine giant said it believed the scheme originate from Jinan, China. However, the Chinese government denied having anything to do with the attacks. The FBI is said to be investigating the incident

Google says the phishing scheme appears to have targeted the personal Gmail accounts of hundreds of users including senior U.S. government officials, Chinese political activists, South Korean officials, military personnel and journalists. The company said its internal systems were not affected.

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