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Did China cyberattack Google?

By Jose Neves     Feb 23, 2010 in Internet
Based on an anonymous U.S. government researcher, experts believe that a Chinese independent consultant, also working for the government, was behind the code used in mass computer attacks revealed by Google, the Financial Times reported.
Following the cyberattacks on its business, last month Google threatened to withdraw from China if censorship on its search engine didn't stop .
Computer experts believe that the Chinese government has been using software flaws to spy on businesses and the military.
The Financial Times revealed in its Monday edition that a thirty year old Chinese consultant specializing in computer security, wrote part of the program exploiting a flaw in Microsoft's Explorer to break into computer systems and insert spy ware.
The man who is not a government employee didn't launch the attacks himself. He said he would rather not get involved in such shameful business; said the source to the Financial Times.
“If he wants to do the research he’s good at, he has to toe the line now and again,” said the U.S. analyst . “He would rather not have uniformed guys looking over his shoulder, but there is no way anyone of his skill level can get away from that kind of thing. The state has privileged access to these researchers’ work.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, investigators working on the case believe that Google suffered attacks from the same people, probably the same group of Chinese citizens, who are behind many other attacks, aimed mainly at businesses, Google and 30 others.
The New York Times initially reported that the investigation traces the attacks back to two Chinese institutions, the Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang school, based in Shandong. Both institutions and Chinese authorities have denied any involvement.
It is not absolutely clear at the moment that these pirates are linked to the Chinese government, or to a group of independent hackers with patriotic intentions.
But by being one of the best security departments in the country, Jiaotong University also has one of the most secured networks. It would be highly improbable that independent hackers would risk an intrusion there. Furthermore former government cyber commanders are in residence there U.S. analysts said.
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