Chinese Official Calls Google Hacking "Groundless"

Google's assertion that its computers were attacked by hackers based in China was "groundless," Beijing said, hardening its rhetoric in a spat with Washington over Internet freedom. The remarks from Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang were the first direct rejection of the firm's allegations. China had previously defended its right to censor content on the Internet and brushed aside the hacking accusations, saying Google must abide by Chinese law.