US investigators have zeroed in on the source of recent wave of cyber attacks that crippled the servers of Google along with 20 other companies, according to reports.
Quoting a researcher working with the US investigators, the Financial Times reported yesterday that a freelance security consultant in China published the code that helped exploiting vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 web browser.
The Financial Times also claimed that the Chinese authorities had “special access” to the work of this consultant, and he published at least some part of the code to a hacking forum. However, the consultant himself didn’t launch the attack, but he facilitated for the same, the report said.
The report comes high on the heels of The New York Times report that pinpointed two Chinese schools, namely Lanxiang Vocational School and Shanghai Jiaotong University, for the attacks.
Of the two, the Lanxiang Vocational School was reportedly claimed to have connections with the Chinese military. However, a day later, the two schools denied their alleged involvement in the attacks, and representatives from Lanxiang rebuffed the reports of having ties with the Chinese PLA.
Back on the 12th of January, Google announced that that attacks originating in China had compromised its undisclosed intellectual property. Consequently, the search engine giant said it would halt censoring search results in China, and would possibly exit the Chinese market.