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Hacker attacked Intel at same time as Google

San Francisco: Chip maker Intel has announced that it was a victim of a ‘sophisticated’ hacker attack this year at about the same time when Google was attacked. Intel disclosed the attack in a regulatory filing late on Monday. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Intel was infiltrated or that the attackers were the same ones that targeted Google.

Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said that the attack on Intel wasn’t broad-based like the one that hit Google. He said Intel isn’t aware of any intellectual property being stolen. Intel, like other major corporations, faces constant computer attacks. Mulloy said the company was only pointing out there was a connection in terms of the timing of the Google attacks as part of a disclosure to investors about the company’s risks.

The disclosure comes amid increased fears of state-sponsored espionage targeting corporate computer networks. Google revealed last month that its network was attacked from inside China and that the intruders stole intellectual property – an attack that Google says could cause it to leave China. Google said at least 20 other companies were targeted as part of the attack, but those companies weren’t identified. Software maker Adobe Systems and Rackspace, a Web hosting service, have acknowledged being targets.

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