Intel attacked at same time as Google

Intel has revealed that it was hit by hackers at around the same time as Google.

Intel attacked at same time as Google

In an annual filing with the US Security and Exchange Commission, Intel acknowledged that it had been hit with a sophisticated cyber attack in January – which was around the same time as the much publicised assault on Google.

“We regularly face attempts by others to gain unauthorised access through the internet to our information technology systems by, for example, masquerading as authorised users or surreptitious introduction of software,” the company noted in the filing.

Based on further research, we can’t rule out that there may be other similarities between the Google and Intel attacks

“These attempts, which might be the result of industrial or other espionage, or actions by hackers seeking to harm the company, its products, or end users, are sometimes successful. One recent and sophisticated incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently publicised security incident reported by Google,” it concluded.

However, Intel refused to draw any links between the attacks, or confirm whether they originated in China. “The only connection between what we saw in January and the attacks on Google is timing,” said Chuck Mulloy, an Intel spokesman. “Based on further research, we can’t rule out that there may be other similarities between the Google and Intel attacks.”

The attacks on Google prompted the company to threaten to pull out of the Chinese market. However, Intel’s stance mirrors that of Microsoft, which also claimed to be constantly fending off attacks. “We’re attacked every day from all parts of the world and I think everybody else is too. We didn’t see anything out of the ordinary,” said company chief executive Steve Ballmer.

The report comes as China dismisses Google’s claims as “groundless”.

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