School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Assistant Professor Paolo Gasti, Ph.D. tells Voice of America that the attack on computer systems of The New York Times resembled sophisticated hacks carried out by the Chinese military. The hackers in the New York Times case attempted to hide their identify by going through university computers, says Gasti, a network security expert. "It was definitely performed by very skilled individuals," says Gasti.
"They used very sophisticated techniques. They tried to hide their tracks, and of course they had a very high-level target." Adds Gasti: "If you're defending, you have to close all possible holes (in the system), while if you're attacking, you just have to find one door left open and you can get in."