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Cyber Attack on U.s. Firms, Google Traced to China

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Chinese girl in front of Google's China headquarters

A Chinese girl lights a candle in front of Google's China headquarters in Beijing on Tuesday. Google stopped censoring its Chinese-language search engine on Monday and relocated its Web-searching operations to Hong Kong.

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An Obama administration official told The Washington Times the U.S. was able, with some confidence, to link the cyber attack on Google and other U.S. companies to Chinese government organs.

The cyber attack was part of a suspected Chinese government operation launched last year that used human intelligence techniques and high-technology to steal corporate secrets, U.S. government and private-sector cybersecurity specialists told The Washington Times. More worrying is the likelihood that the cyber attacks included planting undetectable software on American company networks that could allow further clandestine access or even total control of computers in the future.

An Obama administration official said the U.S. government was able, with some confidence, to link the attack to Chinese government organs. However, the official declined to provide details to avoid making future Chinese cyber-attack identification more difficult.

From The Washington Times
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