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According to the New York Times, the online attacks on Google and many American corporations have been identified as beginning in educational institutions in China - an elite Chinese university and a vocational school. They also have ties to the Chinese military. The New York Times further states that "... the attacks, aimed at stealing trade secrets and computer codes and capturing e-mail of Chinese human rights activists, may have begun as early as April, months earlier than previously believed.... The Chinese schools involved are Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School..."

"Jiaotong has one of China’s top computer science programs. Just a few weeks ago its students won an international computer programming competition organized by I.B.M. — the “Battle of the Brains” — beating out Stanford and other top-flight universities."

"Lanxiang, in east China’s Shandong Province, is a huge vocational school that was established with military support and trains some computer scientists for the military. The school’s computer network is operated by a company with close ties to Baidu, the dominant search engine in China and a competitor of Google."

"Forensic analysis is yielding new details of how the intruders took advantage of the flaw to gain access to internal corporate servers. They did this by using a clever technique — called man-in-the-mailbox — to exploit the natural trust shared by people who work together in organizations."

"After taking over one computer, intruders insert into an e-mail conversation a message containing a digital attachment carrying malware that is highly likely to be opened by the second victim. The attached malware makes it possible for the intruders to take over the target computer."

That is rather disconcerting! We can't even open our private email in peace. Someone is out there trying to hack our email so that they can send out their viruses.

What will there be next?

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