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Study: Google-China Attack Driven by Amateurs

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The computer attack which led Google to threaten leaving China and created a firestorm between Washington and Beijing appears to have been deployed by amateurs, according to an analysis by a U.S. technology firm.

"I would say this particular botnet group was not well funded, in which case I would not conclude they were state sponsored, because the level of the tools used would have been far superior to what it was," says Gunter Ollmann, vice president of research at Damballa, an Atlanta-based company that provides computer network security.

However, Ollmann points out that the attackers—who emanated from China—could have been contracted by outside parties to launch the attack. And while the deployment of the attack wasn't sophisticated, the Internet Explorer software vulnerability it exploited to infiltrate Google was.

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