Two Chinese Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks

Friday Feb 19th 2010 by Staff

Investigators have traced the attacks on Google and other U.S. companies to an elite Chinese university and a vocational school, and they say the attacks may have started as early as last August.

NY Times: Computer security experts have traced the recent attacks on Google and other U.S. companies to two Chinese schools: Shanghai Jiaotong University, home to one of Chinese best computer science programs, and Shanghai Jiaotong University, an enormous vocational school that trains computer scientists for the Chinese military. Evidence acquired by a U.S. military contractor points to a particular Ukrainian computer science professor.

U.S. officials continue to debate what the school links mean, but one professor at Jiaotong said he wasn't surprised by the finding. "I’m not surprised. Actually students hacking into foreign Web sites is quite normal." He continued, "I believe there’s two kinds of situations. One is it’s a completely individual act of wrongdoing, done by one or two geek students in the school who are just keen on experimenting with their hacking skills learned from the school, since the sources in the school and network are so limited. Or it could be that one of the university’s I.P. addresses was hijacked by others, which frequently happens."

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