Chinese schools deny link to Google attack

SHANGHAI Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:46am EST

A man walks past Google China headquarters in Beijing January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A man walks past Google China headquarters in Beijing January 26, 2010.

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A prestigious Chinese university and a lesser-known vocational school have denied a report they were the source of recent cyber attacks on Internet giant Google and other U.S. corporations, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

A representative of Shanghai Jiaotong University, considered one of China's best, said the allegations in a New York Times report were baseless and even if the school's computers appeared to be involved, it did not mean the hackers were based there.

"We were shocked and indignant to hear these baseless allegations which may harm the university's reputation," Xinhua quoted the unnamed Jiaotong University spokesperson saying.

"The report of the New York Times was based simply on an IP address. Given the highly developed network technology today, such a report is neither objective nor balanced."

The Communist party boss at Lanxiang Vocational School, the other institution fingered in the report, also denied any role.

"Investigation in the staff found no trace the attacks originated from our school," Li Zixiang, party chief at the school in coastal Shandong Province, was quoted as saying.

The New York Times said Lanxiang was established with support from the Chinese military and has trained computer scientists who later joined the military, but Li said there was no relationship with the military, Xinhua reported.

He also disputed the statement that investigators suspected a link to a computer science class taught by a Ukrainian professor.

"There is no Ukrainian teacher in the school and we have never employed any foreign staff," Li told Xinhua. "The report was unfounded. Please show the evidence."

Lanxiang, founded in 1984, has about 20,000 students learning vocational skills such as cooking, auto repair and hairdressing.

Google announced in January that it had faced a "highly sophisticated and targeted attack" in mid-December, allegedly from inside China, and declared that it was no longer willing to censor search results in the country as required by Beijing.

The attacks have been a source of friction in Sino-U.S. relations at an already tense time.

(Reporting by Edmund Klamann and Emma Graham-Harrison in BEIJING; Editing by Michael Roddy and Sanjeev Miglani)

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CNP wrote:
Lanxiang, founded in 1984, has about 20,000 students learning vocational skills such as cooking, auto repair and hairdressing.

God! Today these bunch of cooks and hair dresser is attacking GOOGLE, what will they do tomorrow? Conquest the White House? What about the day after tomorrow, conquest Pandora?

Feb 20, 2010 10:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
duck2010 wrote:
Foreign students, beware of JiaoTong. I studied at JiaoTong in Beijing, same as Shanghai. They require all foreign students who use their computers to record the MAC address from your computer. This also means once you go back over seas its possible to track your every move, even when you have left China as they have your personal PC’s MAC address and its linked to your Passport ID. Always ask a student to sign up an acocunt under their name, not yours if you are not living on the school grounds. JiaoTong also publicly shames foreign students by recording your miss class days and exam results on notice boards outside the classrooms. They did this to us a few times but not to their own locals. Their computer rooms for internet have so many illegal copied free movies, even on the school grounds, IPR no such thing. JiaoTong also has a number of young communist members so be careful who you talk to there. Lastly, if you are a parent thinking of sending your kids to China, think about this, they will be there for a few years, their environment is becoming highly polluted, World Bank says 750,000 die a year there from pollution and a baby is born every 30 seconds with a birth defect.

Feb 20, 2010 10:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VR_Sparks wrote:
I think I’d rather have my finger nails pulled out than send my kids to study in China. Interesting observation duck2010. Thanks.

Feb 21, 2010 12:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
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