internet is rife with crime and theft of all types. Some nefarious
users steal passwords to social networking sites and online games
while some go after corporate and government secrets. One of the most
publicized cyber attacks in recent memory was perpetrated against
Google last year.Google announced in January that its
had been attacked and that Gmail accounts of activists who
spoke out against the Chinese government were targeted. Google also
revealed that the attacks resulted in the theft of IP and the search
giant went so far as to threaten to leave the Chinese search market.
The attacks allegedly occurred from within China and led to a
confrontation between the Chinese government, Google, and the U.S.
government.The Chinese government has long maintained that it
does not approve or condone cyber attacks and hacking within its
country. A Chinese
official said, "[China] bans using the Internet to
subvert state power and wreck national unity, to incite ethnic hatred
and division, to promote cults and to distribute content that is
pornographic, salacious, violent or terrorist. China has an ample
legal basis for punishing such harmful content, and there is no room
for doubting this. This is completely different from so-called
restriction of Internet freedom."Reuters reports
that a probe of the attacks against Google and 20 other U.S.
businesses has pointed
to a pair of Chinese schools as the originating point of the
attacks. Sources close to the investigation told the New
York Times that
the probes have found that the Shanghai Jiaotong University and the
Lanxiang Vocational School in China were the source of the
attacks.The evidence has linked a computer science class at
the vocational school to the attacks. The class is taught by a
professor from the Ukraine. The probe has also found that the attacks
may have started as early as April of 2009, which is much earlier
than the attacks were believed to have been launched. Google would
only say that its investigation was ongoing and offered no comment.
comment was offered from either of the Chinese schools.