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Chinese hackers got surveillance data on Google

Breach tried to ID operatives under US watch

WASHINGTON — Chinese government hackers who breached Google’s servers in recent years gained access to a sensitive database with years’ worth of information about American surveillance targets, according to current and former US government officials.

The breach appears to have been aimed at unearthing the identities of Chinese intelligence operatives in the United States who may have been under surveillance by American law enforcement agencies.

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