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China Hacking: Here We Go

By - February 13, 2012

(image) Waaaay back in January of this year, in my annual predictions, I offered a conjecture that seemed pretty orthogonal to my usual focus:

“China will be caught spying on US corporations, especially tech and commodity companies. Somewhat oddly, no one will (seem to) care.”

Well, I just got this WSJ news alert, which reports:

Using seven passwords stolen from top Nortel executives, including the chief executive, the hackers—who appeared to be working in China—penetrated Nortel’s computers at least as far back as 2000 and over the years downloaded technical papers, research-and-development reports, business plans, employee emails and other documents.

The hackers also hid spying software so deeply within some employees’ computers that it took investigators years to realize the pervasiveness of the problem.

Now, before I trumpet my prognosticative abilities too loudly, let’s see if … anybody cares. At all. And if you’re wondering why I even bothered to make such a prediction, well, it’s because I think it’s going to prove important….eventually.

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8 thoughts on “China Hacking: Here We Go

  1. gregorylent says:

    no one cares.

    just don’t cancel american idol.

  2. Anonymous says:

    From Friday’s NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/technology/electronic-security-a-worry-in-an-age-of-digital-espionage.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all.

    People (in the West) do care but in order to preserve China’s face and of course, business, the response will be accomplished quietly (my prediction).  The US government as well as the UK and larger trading EU countries have over the past couple of years beefed up their cyber-security operations.

  3. JPG says:

    Is it that people care, yet don’t know what they can do about it?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Is the hurdle of evidence so low that “appeared to be working in China” now appears to represent a vindication of your prediction? ;)

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