click2005 notes an article in The Register calling into question the one piece of hard evidence
that has been put forward to pin the Google cyberattacks
on China. It was claimed
that a CRC algorithm found in the Aurora attack code was particular to Chinese-language developers. Now evidence emerges that this algorithm has been widely known for years and used in English-language books and websites. Wired has a post introducing the Pentagon's recently initiated effort to identify the "digital DNA"
of hackers and/or their tools; this program is part of a wide-ranging effort by the US government
to find useful means of deterring cyberattacks. This latter NY Times article notes that Google may have found the best deterrence so far — the threat to withdraw its services from the Chinese market.