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School refutes claim linking it to alleged Google cyber attacks

A CHINESE vocational school blamed for staging cyber attacks on Google and other firms said yesterday the allegations were unfounded.

"Investigation of staff found no trace that the attacks originated from our school," said Li Zixiang, Party chief at Lanxiang Vocational School in Shandong Province.

Lanxiang students were still on winter vacation, Li said.

He said Lanxiang had no relationship and did not cooperate with the military, adding that school authorities had no military backing.

He also dismissed the suggestion of involvement of 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 confirmed.

"The report was unfounded. Please show the evidence," he said.

Li's remarks were in response to a New York Times report on Thursday that cyber attacks on Google and other American firms had been traced to Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Lanxiang Vocational School, which the report alleged had ties to the Chinese military.

The report, citing unidentified investigators, said there was evidence suggesting a link between the attacks and a computer science class at Lanxiang taught by a Ukrainian professor.

Lanxiang, founded in 1984, has about 20,000 students learning vocational skills such as cooking, auto repair and hairdressing.

The computer science class offers basic courses in Photoshop, 3D drawing and Microsoft Word, not software engineering.

"It was not until 2006 that our graduates began to join the army. So far, 38 students have been recruited by the military for their talent in auto repair, cooking and electric welding," said Zhou Hui, director of the school's general office, who stressed it was natural for someone to join the army at a proper age.

No comment was available from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Google said on January 12 that it might pull out of the Chinese market, citing disagreement with government policies and unidentified attacks targeting its services in China.


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