Feb 4, 2013

China not the only ones taking part in cyber spookery

China authorities have allegedly been caught hacking into The New York Times database to access journalist emails. But the Chinese aren't alone in engaging in cyber espionage.

Stilgherrian — Technology writer and broadcaster


Technology writer and broadcaster

News that China (allegedly) hacked into the computer networks of two of America’s most prominent newspapers should surprise no one. Major powers have always practised major spookery, espionage is done online now and hackers generally have the upper hand.

The New York Times report of its own victimhood is a textbook case study of how an organisation gets hacked. Indeed, countless organisations have experienced the same scenario in recent years. The best-known are the Operation Aurora attacks of 2009 against Google, who went public, and dozens of others including defence contractor Northrop Grumman and tech firms Adobe, Juniper Networks and Symantec. But it’s big news this time because journalists were the targets.

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