Google attacks linked to Chinese universities

Computer security bods in the US have revealed that attacks on Google and several other US companies can be traced to computers at two universities in China.

Shanghai Jiaotong University and Lanxiang Vocational School are named by the New York Times, by a source within the investigation, as the origins of the attacks. Shanghai Jiaotong University recently won an IBM sponsored competition for its outstanding computer department.

Google has described how the ‘highly sophisticated attacks that began in April last year, were targeted at the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

Google only revealed the attacks on its servers in January, and wrongly suggested that the start of the events was no earlier than December. In fact they started eight months before.

Spokesmen for the Chinese schools told the New York Times they were not aware that the Google attacks had been traced to their campuses.

The Chinese government has denied any involvement in the attacks which led to Google threatening to close its Chinese search engine earlier this year.