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Freelance security worker 'coded Google cyber attack'

Date: February 23, 2010
Source: Contractor UK

The author of the China-based programming code used in an alleged state-sponsored cyber attack on Google, and other US firms, has been identified as an IT contractor.

Traced by US officials, IT contractor reportedly created a code that compromised computers and planted spyware within them, thanks to a previously unknown hole in Internet Explorer.

Alongside Google, about 34 western companies were hit by his code, parts of which the 30-something freelancer uploaded to a hacking forum, a US official claimed.
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