Monday, February 22, 2010

U.S. pinpoints code writer behind Google attack: report

U.S. government analysts believe a Chinese man with government links wrote the key part of a spyware program used in hacker attacks on Google last year, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

The man, a security consultant in his 30s, posted sections of the program to a hacking forum where he described it as something he was "working on," the paper said, quoting an unidentified researcher working for the U.S. government.

The spyware creator works as a freelancer and did not launch the attack, but Chinese officials had "special access" to his programming, the report said.

"If he wants to do the research he's good at, he has to toe the line now and again," the paper quoted the unnamed U.S. government researcher saying.

"He would rather not have uniformed guys looking over his shoulder, but there is no way anyone of his skill level can get away from that kind of thing. The state has privileged access to these researchers' work."

The report did not say how analysts knew about the man's government ties.

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