Google finds China news agency distributed malware


Google has found that a section of the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua has distributed malware.

The search giant has listed as a suspicious site that could harm users' computers. Over a 90-day period, Google tested four pages run by Xinhua, one of which resulted in malware being downloaded without user consent.

This malicious software includes a scripting exploit and one Trojan, the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page explained.

Google said that the last time it visited the news centre section of the site was on 30 April, but it had found "suspicious content" there on 19 April.

At the time of publication, Xinhua had not responded to IT PRO's request for additional information.

Is this another part of the Google-China saga that started with the launch of back in 2006.

In January, Google claimed its servers had been hacked along with over 20 other companies by sources from China and then threatened to pull out of the country altogether.

Then in March, Google disabled its mainland China site and began redirecting traffic to the censor-free, Hong Kong-based

Get a more in-depth look at the history between the nation and the search giant here.

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