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Imperva speculates on Google China hack methods

Imperva : 15 January, 2010  (Technical Article)
Google may have become victim to a hacking attack in China as a result of web server vulnerabilities according to Imperva
Amichai Shulman, CTO of Imperva has made the following comments regarding the Google China Hack:

"Although Google hasn't disclosed the exact details of the attack, it is reasonable to conclude that the Chinese hackers tried to gain access to Google internal databases to pull passwords," explained Imperva's CTO Amichai Shulman. "We can presume that Google determined that the attackers were after civil rights activists from queries that the hackers tried to run on the databases containing the activists' user names. Google probably discovered the issue through audit trails when they examined the infiltrated databases."

"How did they infiltrate the Google systems in the first place? We can only speculate. The likely attack methods were sending mail containing malware to Google employees or through a vulnerability in Google's web servers," explained Shulman.
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