The Financial Times says investigators are closing in on the person responsible for the highly controversial "Google hacking" that affected top search engine, Google, as well as many other companies.
Last week news reports said the hackings had been traced to two schools in China, one of which has close ties to the Chinese military. Now, the Financial Times says a freelance security consultant wrote the part of the program. Citing a researcher working for the US government, FT reports that this consultant (believed to be in his 30's) posted pieces of the program to a hacking forum, describing it as something he was "working on" and that Chinese officials had special access to the work.
According to the US team who uncovered his role, the man who wrote the code, which takes advantage of a previously unknown flaw in IE, is not a full-time government worker, did not launch the attack, and "would prefer not be used in such offensive efforts"