Investigators have reportedly identified the author of the malicious code used in recent cyberattacks against Google and more than 30 other U.S. companies. The person responsible for the code that capitalized on a weakness in Internet Explorer is a “freelance security consultant in his 30s,” according to the Financial Times. The FT asserts that investigators this recent discovery makes it “far harder for the Chinese government to deny involvement.”
The Reluctant Cyber Soldier
The unnamed author of the malicious code reportedly posted a sample of his work to an online forum, and that Chinese authorities had “special access” to his work. It is not clear whether the government discovered his work as a result of his forum posting, or what kind of “special access” Chinese officials had to this code.
Despite being responsible for finding the exploit used in the attack, however, the FT says the consultant was not a part of the operation.
While investigators have been making headway in discovering important clues about the recent cyber attacks, the investigation may not get much further without Chinese involvement. Security expert O. Sami Saydjari told The New York Times on Sunday that without cooperation from the Chinese, investigators will be unable to discover who was truly behind the attacks.