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Google Cyberattack Linked To Two Chinese Schools
Computers at Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School in China reportedly played a role in the attacks, according to unnamed sources cited in The New York Times.
Lanxiang Vocational School, The New York Times says, was created with funding from the Chinese military and trains computer scientists for the Chinese military. Its network is operated by a company with ties to Baidu, Google's most significant rival in China.
Evidence of the role of the two schools' computers was reportedly presented by a U.S. military contractor at a meeting of security professionals.
While the Chinese authorities have not commented on the report, a female member of staff from Lanxiang told the Guardian that the school was not aware of the attacks on Google.
"We did not know Google was hacked before the New York Times contacted us – when they called, we told them we know nothing but they still made the story up," she said. "Our students are middle school graduates, and we train them to use software like Photoshop. If our students are so skilled they can hack Google, then what are they here for?"
Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show
Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee.
“We have never ever, outside of the defense industry, seen commercial industrial companies come under that level of sophisticated attack,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research for McAfee. “It’s totally changing the threat model.”
U.S. enables Chinese hacking of Google
Google made headlines when it went public with the fact that Chinese hackers had penetrated some of its services, such as Gmail, in a politically motivated attempt at intelligence gathering.
The news here isn't that Chinese hackers engage in these activities or that their attempts are technically sophisticated -- we knew that already -- it's that the U.S. government inadvertently aided the hackers.
Because, he says, some of the same laws that allow authorities to monitor Internet communications promotes criminal misuse. There's the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which requires phone companies to facilitate FBI eavesdropping. The U.S. government is working on the "Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative," to address cyber-threats, which could give them the ability to police Internet activity and email.
(And then there's the National Security Administration's "Advanced QUestion Answering for INTelligence," or Acquaint project, which is designed to collect data from phone calls, credit card receipts, social networks like Facebook and MySpace, GPS tracks, cell phone geolocation, Internet searches, Amazon book purchases, and E-Z Pass toll records to locate and keep track of people.)
“We have never ever, outside of the defence industry, seen commercial industrial companies come under that level of sophisticated attack,”
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
They are redesigning the net and software just like they make new cars - built to break. Then they offer the solution that coincidentally destroys any anonymity and security.
It's just good old fashioned scamming.
Scary part is they do very little to hide their malignant dealings anymore.
Cyberspies from China and Russia have hacked into the US electricity grid and hidden software that could be used to disrupt power supplies, according to officials
...Experts fear bugs have been dropped into the system that could be used to disrupt networks at a time of war or crisis. "The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid," a senior intelligence official told the Wall Street Journal. "So have the Russians..