Google Attack Code Linked to Chinese Security Consultant, Report Contends
The code used in the now infamous Aurora attack reported by Google has allegedly been linked to a Chinese security consultant who posted the code on an underground hacker forum.U.S. analysts have reportedly traced the programming code at the center of the cyber-attack on Google back to its author. According to the Financial Times, the code was created by a Chinese "freelance security consultant." The consultant, who is not a full-time government worker and is believed not to have taken part in the actual attack, reportedly posted the code to a hacking forum and described it as something he was "working on," the Financial Times said.
The code in question was used to target a then-unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer. Microsoft closed the door on the bug in January.