Chinese school ‘denies cyber-attack on Google’

(RAW STORY)   A Chinese school linked to cyber-attacks on Google denied any involvement, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Li Zixiang from the Lanxiang Vocational School in Shandong Province, said “investigations …found no trace the attacks originated from our school.”

The New York Times reported on Thursday that the cyber-attacks aimed at Google and dozens of other firms were reportedly traced to computers at two Chinese schools.

Citing unidentified anonymous sources, the newspaper said trails led to Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Lanxiang Vocational School, which was created with military backing and trains some of its computer scientists.

But the school denied any relationship with the military and rejected links made in the New York Times report to a specific computer science class taught by a Ukrainian professor.

“There is no Ukrainian teacher in the school and we have never employed any foreign staff,” Li told Xinhua. “The report was unfounded. Please show the evidence.”

Lanxiang was founded in 1984 and has about 20,000 students who are currently on their winter vacation, Xinhua reported.

The school teaches vocational skills such as cooking, auto repair and hairdressing, Xinhua reported. But the computer science class offers only basic courses.

The director of the school’s general office Zhou Hui said 38 students had been recruited by the military since 2006 “for their talent in auto repair, cooking and electric welding.”

Google vowed in January to stop bowing to Internet censors in China in the wake of sophisticated cyber-attacks aimed at the US firm’s source code and Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists around the world.

The internet giant continues to filter searches as per Chinese law while trying to negotiate a compromise with officials there.

But co-founder Sergey Brin said Friday he is hoping the Internet powerhouse will find a way to operate in China without censoring Web search results.

“I’m optimistic,” Brin said during an on-stage chat at the prestigious TED Conference in Long Beach, California. “I want to find a way to really work within the Chinese system and drive more information.

“A lot of people think I’m naive, and that may be true, but I wouldn’t have started a search engine if I wasn’t naive,” he added smiling.

Brin declined to place odds on the chances of Google working out a compromise that would allow unfettered online searches in China, saying only that while it wasn’t likely to happen now it might “in a year or two.”

He defended Google’s decision to launch a filtered google.cn search engine in China in 2006, saying the company’s presence in that market “made a big difference but things started going downhill after the Olympics” there.

“We intend to stop censoring,” Brin said. “We don’t want to run a service that is politically censored.”

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