WELL-TRAVELLED Google chairman Eric Schmidt has written a book in which he takes on China, saying the country doesn't play fair and is becoming too powerful, and that's a bit scary.
Schmidt has just been to North Korea. He wasn't too keen on the setup there. That is nothing in comparison with China, however, a country with which his company has danced for some time.
Google has accused China of hacking it in the past, and just this week China was fingered for attacks on the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Late last week an attack on Twitter thought to have originated in China grabbed 250,000 accounts in what was described as a "extremely sophisticated" cyber assault.
Schmidt wouldn't be surprised to read about these attacks. He knows what China is up to and judging by his book, that has been read by the Wall Street Journal, he is filing it under 'no good'.
China is both a hacker and a digital hoarder, according to the book. The country filters information and carries out "sophisticated and prolific" hacker attacks on foreign companies. China's refusal to play fair will harm the US and its businesses, warns Schmidt.
"The disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the United States as a distinct disadvantage," Schmidt notes.
"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."
The New Digital Age is co-authored by Schmidt and Google think-tank leader Jared Cohen and will come out this April. µ