Friday, January 25, 2008

The China Syndrome

SC Magazine is reporting that according to experts like Alan Paller of SANS, there is empirical evidence that China has already succeeded in penetrating key government and industry databases. The issue now is no longer keeping them out, but getting them out. U.S. Director of National Intelligence Mike McDonnell reported in the New Yorker that the Defense Department is seeing about three MILLION unauthorized probes per day against it's networks. And Ed Giorgio, a security consultant who worked for McDonnell, says China has 40,000 hackers collecting info off of U.S. systems and those of it's allies.

More info here

China, predictably, continues to deny these allegations, calling them "preposterous". The question is what to do now? China is a major trading partner (we import 5 to 1 more than we export) and a bank roller of huge amounts of Federal debt (about a trillion dollars or about 20% of the total). Yet from what we are seeing, their actions in cyberwarfare are about the equivalent of what we should expect from a nation openly hostile to us, like Iran or North Korea.

Finding a workable solution for this situation is going to be sticky, and the longer we wait the more at risk we become.

1 comment:

Emanuele said...

Interesting to know.

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