By Jaikumar Vijayan
February 19, 2010
One of two Chinese academic institutions identified in a New York Times
report Thursday as the apparent source of the recent attacks against
Google, has also been linked to a hacker who may have been involved with
the takedown of whitehouse.gov in 2001.
The Times yesterday reported that the recent cyberattacks against Google
and more than 30 other organizations appeared to have originated from
computers at two schools in China. One of the schools was identified as
the Shanghai Jiaotong University; the other, as the Lanxiang Vocational
School, an academic institution in China's Shandong Province with
apparent ties to the country's military.
A U.S. military contractor attacked in the same manner as Google, has
even pointed investigators to a specific computer science class taught
by a Ukrainian professor at the vocational school as one source of the
attacks, the Times said.
The newspaper, quoting unnamed investigative sources, said the attacks
on Google and more than 30 other technology companies appear to have
begun in April -- much earlier than previously believed. If evidence of
the schools' involvement bears out, it could cast doubt on the
assumption that the Chinese government or military was directly involved
in the attacks, the Times said.
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