Online Attacks on Google Came From Two Chinese Schools

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About a month after Google announced that it had been hit with "highly sophisticated attacks," the New York Times reports tonight that the online attacks (which were also directed at other American companies) have been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China, one of which has close associations to the Chinese military. The attacks — attempts to steal trade secrets and code information, as well as to obtain the e-mail of Chinese human-rights activists — were believed to have been attempted in mid-December, but may actually have started in April 2009, according to those close to the investigation. Computer security experts, including members of the National Security Agency, have been working to uncover the source of the attacks since they were announced on January 12. [NYT]