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Report of cyber attacks blasted

SHANGHAI'S prestigious Jiao Tong University, accused in a leading United States newspaper report of cyber attacks on Google and other companies, yesterday dismissed the claims as scurrilous.

"It is not professional to report such an event without concrete evidence," said an official with the university, who asked for anonymity, after they learned of the claims from media reports.

He said both the newspaper and companies involved showed no proof.

The official said Google had not contacted the university nor provided an IP address of the computer allegedly used for the so-called attacks.

He said the university could not launch an investigation without the IP address.

If Google provided proof, the university would cooperate with police to investigate, the official said.

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that a series of online attacks on Google and other American companies had been traced to computers at two educational institutions in China - Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Lanxiang Vocational School in Shandong Province.

The official said Jiao Tong University was opposed to hacking and had not observed incidents of it on campus.

"However, it is also possible that one of the university's IP addresses was hijacked by others from outside, which frequently happens," he said.

Lanxiang Vocational School, which was reported in the New York Times to have close relations with the military, denied the attack allegations on Saturday and said it had no liaisons and did not cooperate with the military.

"Investigations of staff found no trace that the attacks originated from our school," Li Zixiang, Party chief of the vocational school, told Xinhua news agency.

Li dismissed the suggestion, reported by the newspaper, that "a specific computer science class" was taught by a Ukrainian professor. "This report was unfounded," he said. "Please show us the evidence."


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