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Should Hacked Companies Disclose Their Losses?

November 5th, 2012 11:45 admin View Comments


derekmead writes “By law, US companies don’t have to say a word about hacker attacks, regardless of how much it might’ve cost their bottom line. Comment, the group of Chinese hackers suspected in the recent-reported Coke breach, also broke into the computers of the world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal. ArcelorMittal doesn’t know exactly how much was stolen and didn’t think it was relevant to share news of the attack with its shareholders. Same goes for Lockheed Martin who fended off a ‘significant and tenacious’ attack last May but failed to disclose the details to investors and the Securities Exchange Commission. Dupont got hit twice by Chinese hackers in 2009 and 2010 and didn’t say a word. Former U.S. counterintelligence chief Joel Brenner recently said that over 2,000 companies, ISPs and research centers had been hit by Chinese hackers in the past decade and few of them told their shareholders about it. This is even after the SEC has made multiple requests for companies to come clean about cyber security breaches in their quarterly or annual earnings reports. Because the potential losses, do hacked companies have a responsibility to report security breaches to investors?”

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White House Confirms Chinese Cyberattack

October 1st, 2012 10:34 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter clam666 writes “White House sources partly confirmed that U.S. government computers — reportedly including systems used by the military for nuclear commands — were breached by Chinese hackers. From the article: ‘The attempted hack used “spear phishing,” in which an attacker sends an email to a specific target that uses familiar phrases in hopes that the recipient will follow links or download attachments that unleash the hacker’s malware. None of the White House’s secure, classified computer systems were affected, said the official, who reached out to POLITICO after the Free Beacon story appeared — without having been asked for comment. Nor had there been any attempted breach of a classified system, according to the official.’”

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Could You Hack Into Mars Curiosity Rover?

August 13th, 2012 08:18 admin View Comments


MrSeb writes “NASA’s Curiosity rover has now been on the surface of Mars for just over a week. It hasn’t moved an inch after landing, instead focusing on orienting itself (and NASA’s scientists) by taking instrument readings and snapping images of its surroundings. The first beautiful full-color images of Gale Crater are starting to trickle in, and NASA has already picked out some interesting rock formations that it will investigate further in the next few days (pictures below). Over the weekend and continuing throughout today, however, Curiosity is attempting something very risky indeed: A firmware upgrade. This got me thinking: If NASA can transmit new software to a Mars rover that’s hundreds of millions of miles away… why can’t a hacker do the same thing? In short, there’s no reason a hacker couldn’t take control of Curiosity, or lock NASA out. All you would need is your own massive 230-foot dish antenna and a 400-kilowatt transmitter — or, perhaps more realistically, you could hack into NASA’s computer systems, which is exactly what Chinese hackers did 13 times in 2011.”

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Richard Clarke: All Major U.S. Firms Hacked By China

March 27th, 2012 03:08 admin View Comments


bdking writes “Former White House cybersecurity advisor Richard Clarke says state-sanctioned Chinese hackers are stealing R&D from U.S. companies, threatening the long-term competitiveness of the nation. He said, ‘The U.S. government is involved in espionage against other governments. There’s a big difference, however, between the kind of cyberespionage the United States government does and China. The U.S. government doesn’t hack its way into Airbus and give Airbus the secrets to Boeing [many believe that Chinese hackers gave Boeing secrets to Airbus]. We don’t hack our way into a Chinese computer company like Huawei and provide the secrets of Huawei technology to their American competitor Cisco. [He believes Microsoft, too, was a victim of a Chinese cyber con game.] We don’t do that. … We hack our way into foreign governments and collect the information off their networks. The same kind of information a CIA agent in the old days would try to buy from a spy. … Diplomatic, military stuff but not commercial competitor stuff.’”

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DARPA Researches Avatar Surrogates

February 17th, 2012 02:27 admin View Comments

The Military

kgeiger writes “Feeling blue? DARPA is funding a program to investigate the feasibility of battlefield cyborg-surrogates: ‘In its 2012 budget, DARPA has decided to pour US $7 million into the ‘Avatar Project,’ whose goal is the following: “develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”‘ Power and bandwidth constraints aside, what could go wrong? Chinese hackers swooping in and commandeering one’s army?”

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Chinese Hackers Had Unfettered Access To Nortel Networks For a Decade

February 14th, 2012 02:46 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader sends this quote from CBC News: “Hackers based in China enjoyed widespread access to Nortel’s computer network for nearly a decade, according to … Brian Shields, a former Nortel employee who launched an internal investigation of the attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports [from behind a paywall]. … Over the years, the hackers downloaded business plans, research and development reports, employee emails and other documents. According to the internal report, Nortel ‘did nothing from a security standpoint’ about the attacks.”

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2 Years After Censorship Battle, Google Is Going Back To China

January 12th, 2012 01:30 admin View Comments

chinacensor.jpgThe Wall Street Journal reports today that Google is going back to China. Two years ago, facing censorship from the Chinese government, Google pulled out of mainland China, redirecting users to uncensored results from Hong Kong. Google took a stand against China’s authoritarian regime, but it did so reluctantly. China is too tempting a market for Google to write off.

Nevertheless, the WSJ reports that Google is hiring more engineers, salespeople and product managers and building new consumer Web services. As China’s mobile market booms, Google is pushing Android there, and opening a Chinese Android Market for mobile apps is one of the top priorities.

Google’s Troubled Past In China

Google’s trouble in China all started in 2010, when it claimed that Chinese hackers had attempted to break into its services and committed malware attacks on Gmail accounts. Prior to that day, Google willingly censored its services at the government’s request. But after tracing these attacks to China, and probably to official agents, Google said it was “no longer willing to continue censoring” its results.

China thought those allegations were “irresponsible.” It led to some tough talk, but it took a while for Google to work up the courage to leave the mainland. The redirect to Hong Kong was an imperfect solution, since the government’s filters caused frequent disruptions.

Changing Its Tune

Google’s business is ads, and there are apparently just too many eyeballs in China for Google to give them up on principle. The WSJ reports that Google is working on commerce services and product search that will not require official censorship.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin grew up in the Soviet Union, and at the time of the censorship row, he told the WSJ that China’s repression reminded him of that past. “I see the same earmarks of totalitarianism,” Brin said, “and I find that personally quite troubling.”

“Pragmatic” Reasons

But now, two years later, China has 500 million Internet users, more than twice as many as the U.S. As Google Asia executive Daniel Alegre told the WSJ, Google is changing its tune on China for “pragmatic” reasons.

Nearly 60% of Chinese smartphones run Android, but they don’t have official Google services on board. That’s a massive install base just lying there dormant, not even able to access the Android Market for apps. However, assuming Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility clears, Google will be making money on much of the hardware, anyway.

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US Chamber of Commerce Infiltrated By Chinese Hackers

December 21st, 2011 12:56 admin View Comments


SpzToid writes “The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that a group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The intrusion was quietly shut down in May 2010, while FBI investigations continue. ‘A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Geng Shuang, said cyberattacks are prohibited by Chinese law and China itself is a victim of attacks. … Still, the Chamber continues to see suspicious activity, they say. A thermostat at a town house the Chamber owns on Capitol Hill at one point was communicating with an Internet address in China, they say, and, in March, a printer used by Chamber executives spontaneously started printing pages with Chinese characters.’” According the article, the group “gained access to everything stored on its systems” and may have “had access to the network for more than a year before the breach was uncovered.”

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Hotel ISP iBahn Denies Breach By Chinese Hackers

December 15th, 2011 12:52 admin View Comments


alphadogg writes “iBahn, a provider of internet services to some 3,000 hotels worldwide, denied on Thursday a news report that its network was breached by hackers. Bloomberg wrote that a highly skilled group of hackers based in China, which U.S. investigators have called ‘Byzantine Foothold,’ attacked iBahn, citing unnamed sources, including one U.S intelligence official. In a written statement, iBahn said it was aware of the allegations in the news report but it had ‘not found proof of any breach on the iBahn network.’”

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The Undeclared “Cyber Cold War” With China

December 14th, 2011 12:25 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter lacaprup writes “Chinese-based hacking of 760 different corporations reflects a growing, undeclared cyber war. From giants like Intel and Google to unknowns like iBahn, the Chinese hackers are accused of stealing everything isn’t nailed down. Simply put, it is easier and cheaper to steal rather than develop the legal way. China has consistently denied it has any responsibility for hacking that originated from servers on its soil, but — based on what is known of attacks from China, Russia and other countries — a declassified estimate of the value of the blueprints, chemical formulas and other material stolen from U.S. corporate computers in the last year reached almost $500 billion”

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