Govt Freelancer claimed to wrote Google attack code

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Analysts from the United States government have said that they have found the programmer who wrote the code that was used to hack into Google’s servers last year, according to the Financial Times. According to the newspaper, the man is a security consultant in his 30s and posted sections of the code to a hacking forum.

The creator is known to be a freelancer, but while he did not launch the attack it is claimed that Chinese officials had “special access” to the program. The analysts did not go into how did they know about his whereabouts.

This comes after a report that the online attacks came from two educational institutions in China, the Shanghai Jaiotong University and the Lanxiang vocational school. Both schools have denied the reports, and the claims on the latter institution have been mocked within China.