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Chinese Schools Deny Involvement In Google Hacking

Two schools in China are rejecting allegations that hacking attacks on Internet company Google and other firms originated from them.

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency quotes officials at the schools -- the Shanghai Jiaotong University and Lanxiang Vocational School -- as denying any role in the attacks.

"The New York Times" newspaper last week reported that investigators had tracked the hacking to computers at the two schools.

Google said in January that hackers, allegedly from inside China, had stolen some of its computer code and tried to break into the Google e-mail accounts of human rights activists opposed to China's Communist regime policies.

Google has said that as a result of the attacks, it is no longer willing to block politically and culturally sensitive topics from its search results in China, as required by Chinese authorities for the company to operate in China.

compiled from agency reports