A spate of Internet attacks that hit Google and other companies have been traced to two schools in China, according to reports, but Chinese sources have responded by denying knowledge of the strikes.
According to the New York Times, security experts investigating a string of hacking attacks on American companies have been linked back to their origins in mainland China.
The story, which quoted anonymous sources close to the investigation, said that the so-called Project Aurora attacks appeared to originate from Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School in Shandong province.
Jiaotong is well regarded as a centre for computer studies, and has an extensive information security programme that boasts “high-level talent” and has links to military projects.
Lanxiang, around 250 miles south of Beijing, is a prominent school that has developed some reputation for developing computer skills. The report suggested that intelligence agents working on the case had linked the strikes to a specific class taught at Lanxiang.
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. GNS