* Calls attacks 'sophisticated'
* Intel shares fall 2.6 percent
(Adds Intel and Google spokesman comment, background, byline)
By Ian Sherr
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 23 Intel Corp (INTC.O) said
it faced a "sophisticated" hacker attack in January about the
same time as the recently publicized Chinese hacker attacks on
Google Inc (GOOG.O) but said there was no clear link between
the two events.
"The only connection is timing," Intel spokesman Chuck
Mulloy said, declining to elaborate. The company first
publicized the attack and pointed out the similarity in timing
to the move on Google in its annual filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mulloy added that hackers attempt to gain unauthorized
access to Intel systems on a "very regular" basis.
Asked whether Intel had spoken or worked with Google on
this issue, Mulloy said: "Our security folks work very closely
and collaboratively throughout the industry."
A Google spokesman said the company would not comment on
whether Intel was one of the roughly 20 unnamed companies that
the world's No. 1 Internet search engine said had been
similarly targeted in attacks that originated in
China.[ID:nN12211882] The Wall Street Journal has said around
30 companies were attacked.
The attack was just one of what the world's largest
chipmaker said were regular attempts on its computer systems,
Intel said in the filing, under a heading about potential theft
or misuse of the company's intellectual property.
Intel did not say who was behind the attacks, from where in
the world they originated, or what information, if any, had
Intel shares were down 54 cents or 2.6 percent at $20.33 on
(Reporting by Ian Sherr, additional reporting by Alexei
Oreskovic; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Gerald E. McCormick)