Security researcher IDs China link in Google hack
Robert McMillan reports:
The malicious software used to steal information from companies such as Google contains code that links it to China, a security researcher said Tuesday
After examining the back-door Hydraq Trojan used in the hack, SecureWorks researcher Joe Stewart found that it used an unusual algorithm to check for data corruption when it transmits information. The source code for this algorithm, “only seems to be found on Chinese Web sites, which suggests that the person who wrote it reads Chinese,” Stewart said.
That may be an important hint. Because while Google has implied that the people who hacked its computers had the support of the People’s Republic of China, company executives have admitted that they have no proof.
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