China this morning issued a statement saying it resolutely opposed hacking and was itself a victim of cyber attacks, in its first response to Google’s hacking claims. In a statement posted on the state council information office website, cabinet spokesman Wang Chen reminded companies of their need to abide by internet controls, citing their “social responsibilities”. The remarks did not mention Google directly. The source told the Guardian the company’s decision was largely influenced by the experiences of Sergey Brin’s Russian refugee background.

The Google co-founder “felt this very personally”, the source said.