An article yesterday on nytimes.com said that the recent google cyber attacks were traced back to two schools in China. Previously, the investigation pointed to servers in Taiwan.
“Tracing the attacks further back, to an elite Chinese university and a vocational school, is a breakthrough in a difficult task. Evidence acquired by a United States military contractor that faced the same attacks as Google has even led investigators to suspect a link to a specific computer science class, taught by a Ukrainian professor at the vocational school.”
According to the article, both schools, Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School, have a strong computer security background. Recently, students from Jiaotong won the IBM “Battle of the Brains” programming competition and Lanxiang teaches computer classes for the military. Also, the Lanxiang school is in the Jinan region which is listed on Northrop Grumman’s report on cyberwarfare.
When asked about the attack a professor of web security at Jiatong stated, “I’m not surprised. Actually students hacking into foreign Web sites is quite normal.” Just another day in school for them I guess. Read the full article at nytimes.com.