Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

Summary: Analysts working for the U.S. government reportedly are close to tying the China hack attacks on Google to two educational institutions, one with ties to the Chinese military.

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Analysts working for the U.S. government reportedly are close to tying the China hack attacks on Google to two educational institutions, one with ties to the Chinese military.

The Financial Times reports that contractors have traced the spyware code to Shanghai Jiaotong University and Lanxiang Vocational School. The first one has ties to the military. The schools have denied involvement.

Meanwhile, the New York Times notes:

Security experts caution that it is hard to trace online attacks and that the digital footprints may be a “false flag,” a kind of decoy intended to throw investigators off track.

But those with knowledge of the investigation say there are reliable clues that suggest the highly sophisticated attacks may have originated at Jiaotong and the more obscure campus, Lanxiang Vocational School.

Ultimately, it's doubtful that we'll ever get anything definitive on the subject. It's not like China will agree with whatever the U.S. government investigations finds.

Related: Assessing Google's showdown with China: Does it make sense?

Topics: Government US, Google, Government, Security

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  • In China, businesses are owned by government (communism)

    in America, corporations own government, but that's not important right now.
    HypnoToad72
    • Re In China, businesses are owned by government (communism)

      I guess you are still living in the stone age...

      Next time fly to China and look by yourself. Talk with thousands
      of US, German, Japanese, Korean enterprise owners.
      synyan
    • Subject wrong, body true.

      [b] [/b]
      AzuMao
  • NYT once again fails to fact check

    Lanxiang Vocational School? Doesn't NYT fact check? This is just like the "Chinese Code" allegation, ridiculous.

    Information about Lanxiang can be easily found online, including well known facts like their subpar student accommodations, and raising tuition after hiring a celeb spokesperson for tacky infomercial.

    Does that sound like a "false flag operation", blasting late night infomercial to attract attention?

    It's a 3rd rate voc tech that churns out cooks and barbers. The computer course they offer are Word and Excel, not computer science. The only tacit "military connection" is the school help graduates qualify for specialist 2nd class "technical sergeant" enlistment, not "technology officer" (due to some really bad translation).

    Now there's an internet meme in China, "Why Lanxiang Vocational School is better than Harvard University". Google this you'll get a good laugh.

    Thank you NYT!
    ChasL
    • Re: NYT once again fails to fact check

      Absolutely right. NYT is making joke to itself.
      synyan
  • RE: Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

    quote: "in America, corporations own government, but that's not important right now."

    not true, when the deficits need to be paid and the $108 trillion in unfunded mandates, the taxpayers will have to shoulder the costs. corporate taxes are in the US are second only to Japan, and that my friend is the main reason outside of employee benefits and regulations why we see a $4 trillion transfer of wealth to Asia annually.

    special interests, from unions to multi-nationals to community organizers, statists, and politicians putting earmarks and votes about fiscal sanity are the problem,

    not corporations.

    re China: sure in the NE rust belt of China the PLA owns and operates most of the companies, but in the South and East coast it is closer to American capitalism.
    bkn2000
  • NYT has always loved the yellow peril angle

    Dunno why, but their railroading of Wen Ho Lee pretty much confirmed years of their sensationalistic partisanship when it comes to all things East Asia.
    voltrarian
  • So what's new?

    It would be a surprise if the Chinese Government WASN'T recruiting "Computer Security Analysts" from their top Universities to proudly and gloriously serve their nation. Tip for American Computer Science students and engineers: The NSA offers some of the best paying and and most secure jobs... ;-)
    anthonymaw
  • RE: Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

    All I know is that the majority of hacking attempts on my ftp server are from Chinese addresses. In fact there was one that traced back to a Chinese University.
    trigggl
  • RE: Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

    If you think China is communism, your knowledge about China still stays with the age of DOS.
    ximhot
  • RE: Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

    Yes but having Chinese hackers makes it so convenient for super giant incompetents like AT&T to blame their email outage across the entire southeast on Chinese hackers, and asking their clients to pay $140 for them to give them workaround servers to use to use their email.

    Read the whole thing here: www.dslreports.com/forum/r23833442-Services-Unable-to-send-email-via-mailbellsouthnet
    crabitha
  • RE: Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

    To link all faults with Chinese is very convenient for anybody who
    could not find real black hand
    synyan
  • So what?

    So what if the hacker's IP originate from China
    University? Does it mean China is hacking Google? What if
    the IP originate from USA University? Does it mean USA is
    hacking Google? Or does it mean China is hacking into USA
    University to hack Google? What utter rubbish!
    chuasgp
  • RE: Google hackers loosely tied to Chinese government?

    dlfrcu,good post!
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