The January 25, 2010 issue of Newsweek had the following quote that supports the thesis that the Google/China attack is not an isolated attack but a refection of a mindset as I mentioned in my bloginfosec essay.
At the same time, China has been busily developing the world’s most elaborate apparatus devoted to cyber-spying and cyberattacks. Chinese hacking has ramped up over the past few years, directed not only at human-rights organizations, but, importantly, at foreign businesses and governments. Many, if not most, such attacks originate from China; former National Security Agency director William Studeman has called them the “biggest single problem” facing the U.S. national-security establishment. (link here)
I’ve seen hacking attempts from China since mid-2001 so this really isn’t anything new. What’s important to understand is that it’s State sponsored and considered acceptable in Chinese culture. If you’re conducting business in China you’re information security criteria should most likely be more strict than in the US.
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