Chinese programmer fingered in Google attacks

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A Chinese programmer with ties to the government has been fingered as the author of the program used to carry out the high-profile cyber attacks against Google and other companies earlier this year. According to researchers for the US government speaking anonymously to the Financial Times, a Chinese security consultant had posted code online ahead of the attack, saying that the project was one that he was “working on” and that Chinese government had “special access.”

The programmer in question was just a freelancer and was not responsible for carrying out the attacks, claim the researchers who apparently have spoken with the programmer. Apparently, the programmer would prefer his work not be used in such “offensive efforts” as carrying out attacks against major companies, but that he “has to toe the line now and again” if he wants to do the kind of research he's good at doing.

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