China Hack: Is Nothing Secure Anymore?

 

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When you couple a massive government spying program with triple encryption and unknown exploits in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Adobe’s Acrobat, you get a terribly troubling outcome. It seems the Chinese have banks and banks of engineers hacking the world’s software by using government/corporate espionage on a level not before seen. The object of this program was among other things to get source code from the companies which were hacked. In fact they succeeded in stealing much of it. China has wiped away much of the world’s manufacturing jobs and now produces cheap goods with working standards below those in the prisons of most developed nations.

In the process, some companies in the country have killed and injured people by exporting items like toothpaste, milk and children’s jewelry which is tainted and/or poisonous.

Now, it seems, software may be is next. With this brazen attack the company has stolen massive amounts of private corporate information from dozens of the world’s technology companies. This has caused companies to make security changes in not only their back offices but their customer-facing products as well.

The question is – will the US government do anything about it and moreover what can be done? China after makes all the world’s goods and buys much of the debt in the US allowing the government to spend far beyond its means. To date, the US has done is issue a formal diplomatic note which as far as I can gather ranks just above the formal diplomatic sticking the tongue out.
 

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Then again what should the punishment be for having a government program whose goal is the theft of intellectual property on a massive scale? And what if anything can be done to keep China or other governments from doing the same thing?

Sadly, this is not something I have a ready answer for – witty or otherwise. I just have to commend Google for threatening to pull out of the country. It takes real guts to make such a statement and this could be a great time for the US and others to put massive pressure on China to loosen its tight grip on its citizens and change.

Do I believe anything of substance will come out as a result of this incident? Sadly no – but I hope I am wrong.

  • Tim
    January 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I see a lot of loser’s bias here in this article.
    1.Job loss is a totally different issue than hacking.
    2.US companies have a right to pull out of China if they feel they are losing money or IP. Nobody asks you to stay.
    My advice for US government and US companies: be competitive! instead of whing for protectionism.

  • Frank
    February 4, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Nice to see Tim (from China) posting the SAME crap, lame-ass response that is ALWAYS posted by China:
    “Just be competitive”…
    Let’s recap the world scene:
    1. China has currency manipulation that pegs their currency value to the US Dollar (illegal, numerous complaints filed by various countries at World Trade court for global exchange, as this produces a HIGH uncompetitive global market)
    2. China dumps massive quantities on the global market of X product (steel, then tires, then blanket warmers, electronic products) at FAR below manufacturing costs, with losses subsidised by the gov of China to force global competitors out of business. Also, highly illegal per global trading requirements, where US government is FINALLY starting to empose 75-200% tariffs on these products for violation of Anti-Dumping laws.
    3. China has the worlds largest military and corporate espionage (Theft) campaign – yes, in the worlds history including during any war! Highly illegal – which China always says the same bullshit line: “We’ll look into it…”. This means US companies spend the massive effort and financial investment developing a product and China simply STEALS (via corporate theft) the product just prior to release, or reverse engineers just after release – and simply starts selling the exact same product as a knock-off. So much for “competitive”..
    4. China has a massive campaign to illegally ship products over boarders, hiding the products in false containers, to sell the cheaply made knock-offs on US markets (i.e. make a cheap fake Magnavox TV, sell it at the same price at the Magnavox and rip off everyone as it’s not warrantied since it fake – PLUS they are DANGEROUS)
    5. China manufacturing standards for safety are FAR FAR below US manufacturers requirements (how many times to you remember Lead tainted toys, dog food that killed pets, Drywall that was subpar, etc. etc. on the news for Chinese products?) – so that only US manufacturers have to live up to the US LAW in order to sell our products where the Chinese knock-offs are FAR cheaper made and 100x more dangerous with China not allowing US citizen lawsuits for these crap products (uh – guess that’s competition?)
    6. China pays their workers based on a COMMUNIST model (i.e. lucky if you make enough for food, let alone a house, car, medical, college, clothes, insurance, phone, etc) – while US companies have to pay a competitive rate because we are a FREE market society, as well as US taxes and social security, etc. etc.
    So… what was that BULLSHIT line again about “be competitive?” Hey China-Tim: Like the rest of Chinese Government – you are FULL OF SHIT! Eat your own dog food (pun intended).

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