By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
February 20, 2010
Some of the computer codes used in the recent attacks on the networks of
Google and dozens of other major U.S. companies were developed by a
diverse group of Chinese hackers, including security professionals,
consultants and temporary contractors, according to an industry source.
The series of attacks, disclosed Jan. 12 by Google, were routed in part
through servers at technical schools in China, a commonly used tactic
that allows hackers to obfuscate their identity, said the source, who is
familiar with the investigation into the security breaches.
The source said that some of the contractors involved in the attack were
based at Chinese and U.S. tech companies in China. He and another
industry source said other servers in China were also used.
The two schools whose servers were used are Shanghai Jiaotong
University, a prestigious institution in China akin to Caltech, and
Lanxiang Vocational School, both of which have links to the top ranks of
information security specialists in China, said one of the sources.
Neither source was authorized to speak on the record. The connection to
the schools was first reported Thursday night on the New York Times Web
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