Chinese state media went on a tirade against Apple, Google, and other leading U.S.-based tech companies this morning, saying that they deserve to be punished "severely."
The presumable impetus for the written onslaught is the belief proposed by Chinese media that these "pawns" of the U.S. government are both monitoring and stealing secrets from the Chinese.
Also joining Apple on this naughty list of sorts are Yahoo, Cisco Systems, and even big dog Microsoft. Individually and collectively, today's report suggests, they seriously threaten the cyber-security of China.
"U.S. companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc. are all coordinating with the PRISM program to monitor China," the People's Daily published. "To resist the naked Internet hegemony, we will draw up international regulations, and strengthen technology safeguards, but we will also severely punish the pawns of the villain. The priority is strengthening penalties and punishments, and for anyone who steals our information, even though they are far away, we shall punish them!"
Sounds like fighting words, huh?
All told, Apple is yet to offer formal comment in response to the harsh words from Chinese state media. But Google provided Reuters with the following statement: "We cannot say this more clearly - the (U.S.) government does not have access to Google servers - not directly, or via a back door, or a so-called drop box... We provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law."
As of this writing, it isn't known what recent incident - if any - was the reason for such a swift and sudden attack on these leading U.S. tech companies by Chinese media.