LA law firm says it was target of cyber attacks

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The law firm representing a Santa Barbara company that sued China for allegedly pirating its Internet content filtering software says it has been the target of cyber attacks from within China.

Los Angeles-based Gipson Hoffman & Pancione says its attorneys received emails starting Monday containing Trojans, which can allow outside access to the target’s computer. It hasn’t been determined if the attacks were successful.

The firm filed a $2.2 billion federal lawsuit last week on behalf of Cybersitter LLC, alleging the Chinese copied its codes and incorporated them into censorware used to block Chinese citizens’ access to sites deemed politically undesirable by the government.