Mountain View, Calif. – A series of cyber attacks targeting Google (NASD: GOOG) and
other U.S. companies
emanated from a pair of schools in China, The New York Times reported,
citing people involved in the investigation. The paper also reported that the
sophisticated attacks, revealed by Google last month, may have started several
months earlier than previously thought.
Investigators believe that the hacks originated
from Shanghai Jiaotong
University and the Lanxiang Vocational School,
and aimed to steal trade secrets and computer codes, as well as emails from
Chinese human rights activists.
Jiaotong is considered to have one of the
world’s foremost computer science programs, recently beating out schools such
as Stanford in IBM’s "Battle
of the Brains" programming competition.
Lanxiang, meanwhile, trains
computer scientists for the Chinese military.