Chinese schools deny link to Google attack

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


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