Gold, petrol et al are losing value. World dominance is now almost a matter of information dominance. Data and information is thus the most valuable possession. Could such attacks be regarded as the beginning of full fledged cyber wars? Read more.
The New York Times has revealed that over the last four months, it was repeatedly attacked by Chinese hackers using methods that have been linked to the Chinese military in the past. The timing of the attacks coincided with reporting for an investigative article published on October 24 that revealed Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had tried to hide a massive family fortune.
Mandiant, a computer security company hired by the New York Times, expelled the hackers after surreptitiously tracking their movements, and said that the methods used have been associated with the Chinese military in the past. The hackers tried to obscure the source of the attack by first routing through computers at U.S. universities, which Mandiant experts said matched methods used in other attacks that have been traced to China. Furthermore, the malware installed on by the hackers is a specific strain associated with computer attacks originating in…
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