Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School
Coordinates: The Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School (Chinese: 山东蓝翔高级技工学校; pinyin: Shāndōng Lánxiáng Gāojí Jìgōng Xuéxiào), colloquially Lanxiang (Chinese: 蓝翔), is a vocational school in the Tianqiao District of Jinan, Shandong, China.
The school was founded in 1984 and is said to have been established with support from the People's Liberation Army. The school admits about 20,000 students per year and offers courses in subjects like cooking, auto repair, construction equipment operations (specialized in excavator), hairdressing, as well as computer skills (albeit possibly only basic ones).
According to the website Week in China, this school is known for its computer training programmes offered to Chinese students and is infamous abroad as a breeding ground for an army of hackers originating from China. The fact that the school was owned by the People's Liberation Army until 2000 further fuelled speculation. However, Zhihu Daily, a Chinese internet newspaper, reported that one its undercover journalists discovered that most of the students at this school were unmotivated farmers who would not be remotely capable of hacking US targets. It remains an open question whether this is an exercise in disinformation.
The street address of the school is 11 Mid Lanxiang Road (Chinese: 蓝翔中路11号).
- Jonathan Watts: Gmail hack: phishing finger pointed at China's Lanxiang vocational school, The Guardian, Friday 3 June 2011
- John Markoff, David Barboza: 2 China Schools Said to Be Tied to Online Attacks, The New York Times, published: February 18, 2010
- Official website (Chinese)
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